Romain Grosjean was left to rue a hydraulic leak on his Lotus E23 Hybrid, which left him unable to take part in the final shootout session at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Grosjean made it through to Q3 but managed only an out lap before he was told to return to the pits, where he remained for the rest of the session.
Grosjean will nonetheless start from ninth position after a penalty for Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat.
"That was frustrating as we should be qualifying higher than P9," he said.
"I went out for Q3 but it was immediately apparent that there was an issue and the team called me back in. It was a hydraulic leak which we thought we could fix, but sadly we just missed out on going out again.
"Starting from P9 is not the end of the world and it could be an interesting race tomorrow; I’ll be pushing all the way to make up as many places as possible."
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado failed to make it into Q3 but will start directly behind Grosjean as a result of Kvyat's penalty.
"Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a clean, fast lap at the vital moment to get into the top 10, but at least we are the first of the cars able to choose our starting tyres tomorrow," he said.