Jenson Button is hoping he can get his season off to a great start at what he has described as a 'tricky' Australian Grand Prix.
The former world champion was retained by McLaren, along with Fernando Alonso, for the 2016 campaign despite there being reports the duo were looking to move on.
Both drivers endured a torrid time last year mainly down to the poor reliability from engine supplier Honda, who joined forces with the team in 2015.
Button could only amass 16 points as he finished 16th in the drivers' championship, while Alonso, who was critical of the team on numerous occasions, was one place worse off in the standings.
However, McLaren are feeling more positive after a solid pre-season tests and are expecting to make a bigger impact.
Button, who has won the Aussie GP three times, is looking forward to getting started again but admits a top performance will be needed on a difficult track.
"Albert Park is a tricky place to start the season at," he said. "It’s an unforgiving, technical, bumpy street circuit, so it really gets you going after a few months off from racing, but that’s why we love driving there."