Jenson Button believes that McLaren are some way off of the pace of their rivals.
The Brit finished the Australian Grand Prix in ninth, whilst team-mate Sergio Perez failed to score a point.
Button said after the race that he concerned by the lack of pace, stating that the team did well in the end:
“We definitely were not getting any more points than that,” he said.
“We definitely weren’t quick and I think we made the right calls considering what condition we had the tyres in after qualifying. The last four laps of the race were tough because my prime-tyre stints were very, very long because of the short ‘option’ stint.
“But we got it home and got a couple of points, so that’s not bad. I think as a team we did a great job this weekend but we’re not quick enough and there’s a lot of work we need to do to move forward and challenge the front guys.
“We’re a long way off.”
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