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Jenson Button would love nothing more than for the heavens to open on Sunday to offer him a chance of getting something from the Malaysian GP.
A few days on from the galling realisation McLaren do not as yet have a car to fight for wins this year, never mind the Formula One title, Button would at least appreciate any help to level the playing field.
It happened for Fernando Alonso last season as Ferrari started off on the back foot and hopelessly off the pace in Australia, only for the 31-year-old Spaniard to win at Sepang courtesy of the conditions.
A torrential downpour, as often occurs around 4pm in this part of the world given searing temperatures and high humidity, halted the race for a short period.
In the mixed conditions that followed, as the track dries quickly in the heat, Alonso made hay when the sun again shone.
What Button would give to follow in Alonso's footsteps this weekend given McLaren's woes with a car fundamentally flawed in a variety of areas.
"I'd rather it was wet. The inters (intermediate tyres) were very good to us at the last race," Button said.
"But in a way it hurt us in the race because it meant we got excited about qualifying and went for a better position than P10, which we shouldn't have done.
"When things go a bit better you think you can achieve more, but that wasn't the case.
"So I'd rather it was mixed conditions. I feel we have more of a chance to score points.
"When you have a quick car you want it to be dry every day, no wind, calm.
"But when you don't have such a quick car you want everything thrown at the rest of the field because then you have an opportunity."
Button has revealed it was on the final day of testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya the team realised the depth of how far they were behind their rivals, and the amount of ground they are now trying to make up.
"We didn't know what fuel the Mercedes had on board, but we were 1.3secs off and we couldn't have gone a lot quicker," Button added.
"It was tricky from that point, but we thought, 'it's winter, it's cold, maybe it will be better when we get to Melbourne'. But we got there and it was worse, so it's been tough.
"Even with a few of the midfield teams that would normally be behind us, we have been very surprised by how quick some of the cars are - as much as we've been surprised by how we're not getting performance out of ours.
"We have a reasonable understanding of what we need to do, but we're not 100 per cent there, so this weekend is going to be another tough one."