Lewis Hamilton is not giving up hope of toppling Ferrari at the Russian Grand Prix but admits there is “a lot of work to do”.
The Brit, who qualified down in P4, was over half a second off the pace set by pole sitter Sebastian Vettel as both Mercedes cars struggled in the final sector in Sochi.
Hamilton is well aware that his performance has been below-par so far this weekend, but is still hoping for a better showing come race day.
“I just wasn’t quick enough today,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “We’ll have to go back to the drawing board and figure out why.
“But tomorrow it is still all to play for and at least I’m still up there in the mix. I lost a lot of time through the final sector so there is a lot of work to do.
“Ferrari are the quickest both in qualifying and on race trim. My long runs yesterday in practice were pretty poor too so I’m just hoping for a better day tomorrow.”