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Button is moving up a gear

Jenson Button feels confident his car is better in every area than it was in Bahrain after McLaren dominated the second session of free practice for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion endured a frustrating start to his title defence a fortnight ago as he finished seventh in Manama while Fernando Alonso claimed a Ferrari one-two ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa.

Button arrived in Melbourne confident the Albert Park circuit is better suited for the MP4-25 and early indications suggest he could be proved correct after the 30-year-old was second fastest during a rain-disrupted second free practice yesterday, finishing 0.275 seconds behind McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Button said: “The car is working much better here and I am much happier with it. From the first lap to the last it is much better than any lap I drove in Bahrain. It is working here and we have the correct downforce level for this type of circuit so I think we will be closer to the front two.

“In Bahrain they (Ferrari and Red Bull) were a long way in front of us. We just have to hope we are a lot closer here and our aim is obviously to be on the front row and if we can do that then it will be great.”

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