Kimi Raikkonen has warned against writing off McLaren in the midst of a difficult time for the Woking team.
McLaren have struggled during the back end of pre-season testing. Not only has the MP4-24 been lacking in pace but the team's 2009 challenger has also run into reliability issues.
During his five days of testing Heikki Kovalainen has found himself in the bottom two positions on the timesheets on all but one day.
And although team-mate Lewis Hamilton has shown better pace on some days, the reigning F1 Champ's reliability has been poor with his car suffering from fires, break downs, crashes and spins.
But despite the Woking team's poor run of form, Ferrari driver Raikkonen has warned against writing them off.
"I don't know if they have a problem or not and what they are doing. Let's wait a few weeks and we will know where they are in the first race," Raikkonen told the official F1 website.
"They haven't probably been as quick as in the past winter but that doesn't mean that they won't be fast in the first race."
The Finn, though, appears to be alone in his assessment with double World Champion Fernando Alonso claiming that the days of Ferrari and McLaren dominating the race weekends will be a thing of the past this season.
"I think it's not any more just Ferrari-McLaren domination," Alonso said. "This year the fight will be very difficult."