Daniel Ricciardo expressed his disappointment after qualifying in thirteenth place for the Korean Grand Prix.
Ricciardo has progressed through to Q3 in five of the last six races, but was unable to seal progress into the top 10 in Korea.
The Australian will move up one place on the grid courtesy of a penalty for compatriot Mark Webber.
“I’m definitely not happy with my position and when the gap to the top ten is so small, you have to also be disappointed,” he said.
“However, compared to where we were yesterday, we have managed to improve the car, but we have not been able to make enough progress to be more competitive than this.”
“Now we have to look towards the race and maybe the only bright side of not getting into Q3 is that we have one more fresh set of the Supersoft tyres. Hopefully we can make good use of it and then we will see if we have enough pace to go looking for points.”
Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne will start from sixteenth place and believes that points will be a difficult proposition.
“We have struggled to set up the car the way we wanted, but hard work from the team meant that, this afternoon, at least the car was the best it has been so far this weekend,” he said.
“However, as the other teams also make progress, the improvement on our car for this afternoon was not enough to move us up the order. As for the race, we should be able to start each stint on new tyres and that could make some difference.”
“I am usually optimistic, but I think points will be a difficult target tomorrow. I will give it my best shot and see if I can claw my way back up towards the top 10.”