Jenson Button says he was not surprised by McLaren's struggles during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Briton and teammate Kevin Magnussen will start from the back of the grid after what was McLaren's worst qualifying performance since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Button and Magnussen were beaten by both Sauber drivers, and the former world champion finished a second off the cut to make it into Q2.
"No," Button said when asked if he was surprised by the result. "It was never going to be fantastic.
"It was always going to be difficult, which is why I'm not too upset with the result.
"We can see where our pace was with the limited laps we had. The impressive thing is that we have been able to solve some issues pretty much every session.
"I know that sounds not important, but it is."
The British driver admitted the race will be a struggle, having not covered a grand prix distance in testing.
"We have don't a race distance yet. My longest run is 12 laps. It is massive challenge," he said.
"We will do our best but it's a massive learning curve."