Michael Schumacher concedes Mercedes just didn't have the pace as the team slumped to their worst qualifying of the season in Hungary.
The seven-time World Champion will line-up P17 on the Hungaroring grid on Sunday after finishing a wopping 1.663s down on the pace-setter in Q2.
And although the German admits his grid position is the result of a lack of pace, he reckons he could have perhaps between a tad higher had his final flying lap - which he aborted - not been ruined by a cloud of dust thrown up onto the circuit by the wayward Pastor Maldonado.
"It was quite a tough and difficult day for us. We have to clearly see that we did not have the pace to be in the front," said Schumacher.
"I could have done a faster lap probably, without the dust having been brought to the track by Maldonado, but then I still do not think it would have brought me into Q3.
"I don't think we could have done much more.
"This morning we practised for long runs as yesterday we could not do that due to the rain but I don't think it compromised our performance. You have to accept the gap is quite big.
"We know the combination of track layout and temperature does not suit us too much, and we will try to make the best out of it tomorrow."