Sebastian Vettel admitted Ferrari needs to improve its performance in cooler conditions after being unable to challenge the Mercedes drivers in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The four-time champion will start from third on the grid, a position he said he was happy with.
Vettel, however, was never in contention for a spot on the front row, and he finished over seven tenths behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton as the track temperatures dropped and aided Mercedes' cause.
The German said he was hoping to be closer to the Silver Arrows.
"We couldn't really shine. The gap is still there, but I was hoping to be a bit more in range," said Vettel.
"We expected it to get a lot hotter, and that was not the case. The track temperature dropped during qualy, but there are no excuses.
"We are not where we want to be and we need to make sure that we improve also in this kind of conditions when it's cooler. We need to work on that.
"I think with the temperatures dropping it didn't work out. But in the end no excuses. They were quicker than us. They beat us fair and square. Let's see what we can do tomorrow."
Vettel remains hopeful he can jump Nico Rosberg at the start and be in a position to challenge in the race.
"Hopefully we have a good start and we are able to split them. Otherwise it could be a very, very boring race to the first stop," he said.