Daniil Kvyat says he doubts whether Red Bull will be able to provide a challenge to Williams across the course of the Russian Grand Prix.
Red Bull has bested Williams so far in 2016 but the nature of the Sochi Autodrom has played into the hands of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who will line up from second and fourth respectively.
Kvyat, meanwhile, is a comparatively lonely eighth on the grid for his home race.
"I thought we could find something extra for Q3 but unfortunately we didn’t have time to do our warm up lap, so I had to go straight to the push lap with slightly cold tyres," he said.
"That left us with understeer and costs us a couple of tenths. But I am generally happy with qualifying at this track which is challenging for us.
"The tyre life here is quite long and this will help Williams as they look strong on this track, we knew that would be the case and I don’t expect the situation to change too much in the race.
"This track is not the strongest for us but we will try and bring some points home."