"We'd expected qualifying to be a close fought battle today but thought we had a chance at pole given the pace of the car this weekend," explains Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin.
"We didn't really have any issues, it just looks very close with Ferrari in particular and this afternoon we just weren't quite quick enough.
"Valtteri had a solid qualifying session, his first run in Q3 was strong and that left him less than a tenth off pole.
"His second run wasn't quite as tidy, losing a little in turn two that he couldn't make back around the remainder of the track but he did a good job with what we have and he should be happy with his lap.
"Lewis had a more difficult session, not quite finding the car as predictable as it had been in free practice and that meant it was tricky to get the lap together. Only six hundredths would have put Lewis into third on the grid and it's always frustrating when you miss a place by such a small margin.
"So, overall a somewhat underwhelming day but we are expecting to race well tomorrow and we will be working hard tonight to look at the various opportunities in strategy that will give us the chance to win.
"It's going to be interesting at the front with the RedBulls on the HyperSoft compound, which looks to be quite fragile, and Mercedes and Ferrari on the UltraSofts. It's also a race that rarely runs start to finish without a few incidents or safety cars, so there is plenty of opportunity likely to come our way if we can stay at the front and put some pressure on the cars around us."