Jenson Button reckons even if he had crossed the line in time he probably would not have made it into Q3 in Canada.
With the afternoon's second segment red flagged with 1:59 on the clock there was a mad dash when the session restarted to get in one flying lap in the wet.
All the drivers lined up at the end of the pit lane with Button one of the last out. As a result the Brit did not make it in time and finished qualifying in 14th place.
The McLaren driver, though, says even if he had made it, he doubts he could have improved enough to secure a spot in the top-ten shoot-out.
"The team counted me down and I thought 10 seconds was enough, but obviously it wasn't," he said.
"I'm not sure it would have been quick enough anyway.
"But also it was one of those sessions where sometimes it all falls into place in terms of traffic and getting a lap in before the rain, and sometimes it doesn't.
"Every time we tried to go for a lap there was a red flag or yellow flag or more rain. It just didn't go our way."
His team-mate Sergio Perez also failed to shine in the rain despite Button saying earlier in the weekend that the wet conditions could play into McLaren's hands.
"We're not good in wet conditions it seems. I thought we would be," he told Autosport. "We were running quite low downforce and maybe that was a mistake."