A downbeat but realistic Jenson Button said on Saturday that McLaren fans should not expect miracles in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
After qualifying in a fighting 10th place on the grid, the 33-year-old Briton said it would be unreasonable for people to expect another strategic race and a top five finish as achieved in China last weekend.
He said: "I don't want people to expect too much of us. It's going to be a very tough day tomorrow, but we are always positive and every time I jump in the car I try to be as fast as I can."
The 2009 world champion added that a two-stop strategy may be used in a bid to gain some advantage. "We'll see what we can do," he smiled. "We are definitely hoping for points."
His beleaguered team-mate Mexican Sergio Perez, who has been feeling the pressure of expectation since moving from Sauber, said: "I did my best and I tried to look after the tyres. I think it will make a difference for us tomorrow."
Perez starts on the sixth row of the grid.