Jenson Button says it is "likely" that he will be slapped with a grid penalty but is not giving up on fighting back in the Austrian GP.
The McLaren driver's Friday afternoon came to a premature end when he lost power from his Honda engine and had to return to the pits.
Down in 18th place with just 17 laps to his name, Button only managed to beat the two Manor drivers for lap time.
Added to his lack of pace, the Brit is expecting a grid penalty due to issues with his Honda engine.
But despite that, Button is hoping that a Safety Car on Sunday will help him recover.
"We had an ignition plug issue which stopped us running this afternoon, which was a shame," explained the 2009 World Champ.
"Having said that, although we didn't get a lot of running under our belts, we were still able to improve the car quite a bit between the sessions, which was positive.
"It would have been nice to run the car on high fuel to see where we stand though.
"Tomorrow will be tricky, because it's likely that I'll get some grid penalties. When that happens, you need a Safety Car in the race to bring you back into the game, so hopefully that'll be the case.
"It's all about improving, getting the best from what you have, and learning for the next grand prix."