For McLaren, the story is becoming depressingly familiar. Another track and another race it doesn't expect to win.
McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were 11th and 13th fastest in the second practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Things aren't expected to get much better on Sunday, the team acknowledged, due to the hot and sandy conditions which are unfavorable to a car like McLaren's which has struggled with lateral traction.
"I don't want to hide behind the fact that this is a real traction-limited circuit. You have a lot of relatively low-speed corners onto straights and the weakness of our car is low-speed traction," Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh said. "This plays to our weaknesses. This will be a tough weekend for us I think."