Manor racing director Dave Ryan says the team will have to "deal with it" after losing 10th place in the constructors' standings to Formula 1 rival Sauber.
Manor had been in 10th position since Pascal Wehrlein scored his first point in the Austrian Grand Prix thanks to a 10th place finish.
Securing that spot would come with a big financial bonus for either team, who have both been at the back of the field this year.
But Sauber moved ahead of Manor in the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend thanks to Felipe Nasr's ninth place, and Ryan admitted the Swiss squad had simply done a better job.
"It's racing. I've been in it for a little bit now. These things happen," said Ryan. "We were pretty pleased with 10th place, but Sauber has done a pretty good job. Ericsson's performance the weekend before was pretty impressive.
"You can't deny the fact that they've done a very good job and credit where credit is due.
"There is a fairly big financial reward for coming 10th over 11th and it would be nice to have it, but if we haven't got it we are just going to have to deal with it. It's as simple as that."
He added: "It wasn't ideal, but all credit to Nasr, who drove a superb race. We did as good as we could. It was close. We had two cars in the points for quite a long time. We were genuinely part of the race, so that was good.
"We were on top of it right until the last restart. We knew what the points situation was. I think the team did a great job, but in the end we weren't quick enough."
Ryan conceded that regaining 10th place in the final race in Abu Dhabi is unlikely given the weekend is expected to be dry, but he insisted Manor will push until the end.
"We still have one race to go," Ryan added. "Ericsson from last nearly scored a point in the previous race so... It's going to be really tough.
"We are not going to get weather intervening, but we won't give up until we cross the finish line in Abu Dhabi and anything can happen."
When asked if losing the money prize from 10th place would have an impact on next year's driver line-up, Ryan said: "No, I don't think so."
Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble