Valtteri Bottas has admitted he is "struggling" ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix and is "confused" as to why he cannot match the pace of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
The Finn has been out-of-sorts all weekend thus far and had to settle for P3 on the grid after only managing to get to within half a second of Hamilton's blistering pace for pole.
"I was aiming for pole position but Lewis has been doing a perfect job all week and to be honest I was struggling," Bottas admitted in the post-qualifying interview.
"This whole weekend for some reason I've been not really close enough to challenge for the pole," said Bottas.
"Lewis has been really on it, so I'm slightly confused why I've not been able to get quite close enough. I still need to find some answers for me.
"The balance of the car has been feeling really good, it's just lacking overall grip in that way, so I'm losing a lot of time in high speed corners, in sector two.
"Maybe it was tricky to challenge for pole; it would have been nice to be at least second, but Sebastian got ahead.
"It's still the second row and I'm sure as a team we can do good tomorrow."