Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg said his best lap in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was "good but not good enough" - and admitted he couldn't have matched teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg finished the qualifying shoot-out in second place, 0.303s adrift of poleman Hamilton, having edged his teammate in the first sector only to lose time in sectors two and three.
The German only needs to finish on the podium in Sunday's Abu Dhabi season finale to become champion, but Rosberg was still disappointed to have missed out on pole.
"I come here to try to be on pole and win the race, so not ecstatic by today," he said.
"Lewis did a great job and was a couple of tenths quicker, it was impossible for me to do that time today.
"I had a good balance out there and, as qualifying went on, it felt better and better. I got a good lap in the end in Q3 - but not good enough."
"There are still opportunities tomorrow and, for sure, I will go for the win."
Rosberg insists he is trying not to think about how the title battle will play out on Sunday, instead opting to "keep it simple".
Asked if he was nervous about the start, he said: "it is a bit too much thinking. I want to try to win the race tomorrow.
"Keep it simple for tomorrow, I don’t think of 'what if' – that would be the wrong approach."