Fernando Alonso will go into Sunday’s Bahrain GP with “nothing to lose” as he will line up ninth on the grid.
The Ferrari struggled on Saturday night around the Sakhir circuit, later revealing that his F14T was losing power.
However, given his deficit to those ahead, including team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, the Spaniard believes there may also be something else wrong with his car.
“Not an easy qualifying – we were losing power and the car seemed slower on the straights,” he revealed.
“I did a 1min 34.5 in Q2 and a 1min 34.9 in Q3 with less fuel, so we need to check what’s happening – maybe the floor is damaged because we are losing a lot of time on the straights.”
His best time, a 1:34.992, put him tenth quickest in qualifying, however, he will start ninth due to Daniel Ricciardo’s penalty.
“We are nearly out of the points already in ninth – we have nothing to lose.
“We know the Mercedes engines are good here and we have a threat from behind from Vettel and Hulkenberg, so it will not be easy.”