Eric Boullier has said that he does not want McLaren-Honda to set any firm targets for 2016.
Fernando Alonso, the team's Spanish race driver, clearly does not agree, as he set a couple of clear objectives on Tuesday during a visit to the site of June's inaugural grand prix in Azerbaijan.
"The objective in 2016 is to finish all the races in the points and to be fighting for the podium in the second half of the season," he is quoted as saying by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
His boss Boullier, however, is quoted by Spanish reports as refusing to set out a clear goal for 2016.
"If you ask me for that, I cannot say anything," the Frenchman said.
Boullier said that, at least internally, McLaren will have a better idea of its situation once the season begins in Australia.
"From there we will know where we are and what we want to achieve," he said.
"At this stage we don't want to talk without knowing as we are unable to make accurate predictions. We do not want to create false expectations."
The 2016 calendar gets underway next weekend with the Australian Grand Prix.