It was a tough Qualifying session but Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director, is hopeful the team can challenge the Ferraris on Sunday.
"Conditions today have been even cooler than yesterday and we really struggled to get the tyres to work well," he explained. "We saw this more or less straight away in FP3: both drivers were reporting that the grip wasn't there and it was taking us multiple laps to get down to a time.
"Conversely it seemed to come easily for some other teams. We made some changes to improve the situation for Qualifying, however we always seemed to be a step behind Ferrari and we didn't have an answer for their performance in the final session.
"We were able to get through Q2 with the more durable Soft tyre and, although this wasn't initially as easy as we would have hoped, it does mean that we can challenge Ferrari on the same strategy.
"For tomorrow, we're expecting clear skies, sunshine and a different situation regarding the track and tyres. This is a circuit where you can overtake and so long as we can stay close to Ferrari, there are plenty of ways that we can put them under pressure.
"We're also going to have to keep our eyes on Red Bull who looked very consistent on Friday on the UltraSoft and will be able to take risks on strategy if there is no threat from behind. As always, our goal is to win and we will be doing everything we can to make that happen."