Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has struggled with the feel of his Mercedes W06 Hybrid throughout the weekend in Abu Dhabi after missing out on pole position to team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton was adrift of Rosberg across both runs in Q3 and while his final lap was sufficient for second on the grid, he was almost four-tenths down on his rival.
"I've generally been struggling with the car all weekend," he said. "I've changed a lot to try and get around the issues - but I'm still not really feeling comfortable with it.
"I did what I could out there tonight - but Nico was just really quick and did a great job in Q3, so I wasn't really surprised he did a better lap in the end.
"It hasn't been the best run of qualifying sessions for me lately - but I've still managed to turn three of those into wins.
"So, there is still an opportunity - even it is particularly hard to follow through the first sector. I will work as hard as I can to have a great start tomorrow and improve from there.
"I've got a lot of support here this weekend and that 44th win is still out there to grab, so I will be working hard for it tomorrow."