Though it isn't a circuit he ever expected to suit the Williams, Valtteri Bottas admits he didn't anticipate being dumped out of Q1 in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Having complained at other events of his difficulties in getting heat into the tyres on qualifying runs, Bottas' woes were simply magnified further on the super-soft tyre around the low speed circuit in qualifying, the Finn labouring to a lowly 17th on the grid.
Indeed, though Bottas accepts that he wasn't predicting a front running challenge in Monaco, qualifying on the second-to-last row was far from his expectations.
“A tough day for all of the team,” he said. “We knew this wouldn't be the best track for us but we didn't expect it to be this difficult. We have tried plenty of things with the tyres this weekend and still we are struggling. We are struggling to put enough energy into the surface of the tyre and create enough tyre surface temperatures.
“I had traffic in Q1 in the first couple of laps, which meant the temperatures dropped too low. I had one timed lap and I thought the lap was good compared with the grip I had available, but it was just slow.”
Set to start 16th by virtue of Carlos Sainz's penalty, though Bottas faces a task to get into the top ten around the tight street circuit, he is not ruling out points.
“It has not been an easy weekend and for sure tomorrow won't be easy starting where we are. This is Monaco and anything can happen, so we are not giving up on points.
“I am not worried for the rest of the season. We didn't bring any updates here and we have updates coming for the next two races, so hopefully this is a one off and tomorrow will be important to minimise the damage we are doing in the points. Any points we can get tomorrow is good.”