Button aiming to close gap

McLaren driver Jenson Button has admitted that the team will make changes to the car going into the Malaysian Grand Prix (12/1 Button outright) on March 30 despite a successful season opener in Australia.

The 2009 World Champion finished third in Melbourne behind teammate Kevin Magnussen, with Nico Rosberg of Mercedes producing a dominating display to take the first race of the season, ending up a massive 26 seconds ahead of the closest challenger.

Despite the victory for the German, it is McLaren who lead the constructor’s championship on 33-points and they head into the up-coming race full of confidence.

However, Button has admitted that the team are still too far behind Mercedes (4/7 Constructor’s Championship outright), but he is hoping that the updates they are using for the Malaysian race will begin to close the gap.

“We have upgrades for the next race, but I still don’t think it will be enough to challenge them just yet,” he said.

“If it can put us into the gap between them and everyone else then that will be a good step forward. We just have to keep pushing the team for upgrades, but they have already got their heads down and there is some good stuff coming in the pipeline,” Button added.

“I don’t know when a win will happen, but it’s what we are working towards.”

Button has also welcomed the competition from teammate Magnussen, insisting it is exciting to have someone to battle with.

“You are always going to have a competitive team-mate, but I’ve never been scared of a team-mate. It’s exciting to have someone that competitive.”

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