Sebastian Vettel insists Red Bull had the pace to grab pole position despite missing out on the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver looked like favourite for pole having topped all the practice sessions this weekend, but could only take third position after failing to extract the maximum from his car.
Vettel admitted he could not fully explain his failure to match his early pace after finishing over half a second off pole position man Lewis Hamilton.
"Yes, a little disappointed, especially about Q3. I don't know why we could not do the step," said Vettel. "Third is a good position. It's a long race tomorrow, a lot of things can happen.
"The pace is there but if you do not do the last step in qualifying it is a shame as the speed was there, but it didn't come together in the end."
The world champion said he was confident he would be able to get close to Hamilton's times, but admitted he had already struggled for pace in Q2.
"I don't know, to be honest. I think the speed was there but we were not able to really improve. I was confident we could go quicker, somewhere lower in the 1m46s region.
"In Q2 we could just not pick up the speed and in the end I was struggling to pick up the lap I did in the beginning. A bit disappointed but the speed is there, the race is long. It is important to be in the right place at the right time."