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Button: Car’s potential may not be realised at first race

Jenson Button is unsure if the full potential of the MP4-26 will be there at the season opener in Australia. McLaren have suffered a few reliability issues with their 2011 championship challenger, which means the MP4-26 has not completed as many laps of testing as its rivals in pre-season testing so far. Especially after the Woking based team also opted to launch its 2011 car after the first round of tests in Valencia. "I have definitely not completed the laps that I expected to and when it comes to developing a new car it is essential to do a lot of kilometres," Button told Autosprint "This car has a lot of potential, but if the development work is late, there may be a gap in the first races of the championship." Button added that the final test in Barcelona next week will be crucial to ensuring the team has the best car possible for the season opener in Australia on the 27th March: "It will be an important test for putting everything together, but I think it will be very difficult to get an exact idea of the hierarchy," the 2009 World Champion said. "I've heard rumours that the Red Bull is six tenths faster than Ferrari, and also that Ferrari are one second faster than everyone on race pace! I think that to get an overall picture we will have to wait until the first race."

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