Button revved up for Albert Park
Jenson Button says he is as confident going into the Australian Grand Prix as when he last won it, on his debut season for McLaren back in 2010.
"I'm happy with our preparations," said Button. "You always want more laps and more time in the car, but, unlike last year, we've had a very solid start to our pre-season. It's been very difficult to read pace over the winter because a lot of teams have been playing their cards close to their chests: I think it's going to be extremely close, and I can't wait to find out where we sit in the pecking order."
Button has enjoyed a great deal of success at Albert Park after beginning his Formula One career there for Williams in 2000 and winning on his respective debuts for Brawn GP in 2009 and McLaren two years ago. Unsurprisingly, it is a venue he holds a great deal of affection for.
"My first grand prix was here way back in 2000 - it was just a buzz to be in Formula 1: it was pretty intense, the whole weekend just flew past pretty quickly. I had pole here in 2006 - another good memory. But I think the two most significant memories for me were, in 2009, winning from pole for Brawn GP. It was a momentous race for the entire team and it felt so sweet to give them such a reward.
"And winning here in 2010… just an incredible day. Going early for the dry tyre, then almost losing the car at Turn Three, putting the others off following my example, and then finding a rhythm and having a fantastic car underneath me. That was my first win for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - it was completely unexpected, but a really significant result for me personally."