Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were left to rue errors on their final runs in Q3 at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen held provisional pole after the first laps but was unable to improve following a mistake at the hairpin and slipped behind Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel opted for just a single run at the end of Q3 but made a couple of errors in the final sector and could manage only fourth.
"It's more of a disappointment than anything else: today we had the chance of getting a better result," said Raikkonen.
"I don't know if pole position could have been possible, but for sure we could have easily been second fastest.
"In the second last corner I ran wide and lost a lot of time. The position could have been much worse after that mistake, but we still have third place, which is not such a bad starting point for the race."
"We saved tyres, so we start tomorrow on Super Softs," added Vettel.
"I thought I could make it in the last lap, but my only run wasn't special overall. I asked too much from my tyres already at the beginning and then I did a couple of small mistakes here and there, which cost me a lot of lap time.
"So in the end my run was not so good, but this is how it is and we can't change it now."