Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen conceded the squad is "just lacking speed" after it was beaten by both Mercedes and Red Bull during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
Raikkonen set the fifth fastest time at Hockenheim, with Sebastian Vettel in sixth, the latter almost a second shy of pole man Nico Rosberg.
"My last try in Q3 was a bit more tricky, I was struggling a little bit with the feeling from the tyres, but apart from that we had no massive issues," he said.
"I don't have much to complain from the behaviour of the car, we are just lacking speed overall. We need to put more downforce in the car to go faster.
"This result is disappointing, finishing fifth and sixth it's not ideal, but this is what it is right now, and we keep working to improve."
Vettel believes Ferrari failed to get its car working in the optimum window.
"Somehow we lost a bit and now we need to understand what happened this afternoon," he explained.
"I was reasonaby happy with my lap, but it wasn't quick enough, there was a bit of time we lost here and there, overall we struggled a bit to extract the pace from the car.
"The balance didn't come together in qualifying, it was better this morning and yesterday. We know the car can be quicker, but we didn't manage to get it in the right window, that's our job and we didn't succeed."