Jenson Button has revealed that he is not expecting to cruise to a fifth victory in six races this season, despite qualifying on the pole in Monaco.
While securing top spot on the grid is usually a good omen for success in the race - four of the last five Monaco races have been won by the poleman, with Lewis Hamilton the exception in 2008 - Button remains wary of opposition that has pushed him throughout the opening two days, and also of the extra problems that racing around the tight streets brings.
"Some people say Monaco can be a procession, but I don't think that will be the case," the Briton insisted, "There will be a lot of marbles, and I think there will be quite a few mistakes with the tyres graining, so it will be an exciting race. I think we will put on a good show for the fans."
While acknowledging that Red Bull remains a legitimate threat to Brawn's chances, Button also pointed to Kimi Raikkonen's presence on the front row, the best grid slot for a car with KERS technology in 2009.
"It's always perfect for the guy that starts on pole - you think that going into the race but, as I've said, anything can happen," the points leader commented, "The first lap of the race is always exciting for us all but, if there is a car that can overtake us it will, for sure, be a car with KERS.
"There are a couple of places on the circuit where there is always that possibility. The first few laps are important, but the way the system is now with fuel, going into qualifying, Kimi might be running five laps longer than us on the first stint, which might work better, might work in his favour, or might not. We have to see, but it's not as easy as just qualifying on pole and you've won the race. But it won't be a boring race."
While Raikkonen may be the first to reach Ste Devote courtesy of his KERS - although the Finn has claimed that the start-finish straight isn't long enough to make the system a major benefit - Button remains wary of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, despite the German's decision to run light in qualifying being scuppered by catching a slower Williams on his flying lap.
"Rubens has been so bloody quick all weekend," the Briton noted, "Having a team-mate, who is not pushing you but is in front of you for the whole weekend, does spur you on.
"All through the weekend, I have been fighting with Rubens, or Rubens has definitely had the upper hand, but the McLarens have been up there, the Ferraris have been up there, the Red Bulls, the Williams - it has been a fun weekend for everyone involved and, hopefully, the viewers too. Qualifying was no different - it was manic as it always is in Monaco.