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Button says don't expect miracles

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 teammate 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.


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