Roberto Merhi is optimistic the Manor team will be allowed to take part in the Malaysian Grand Prix despite failing to qualify within the 107 percent.
The Spaniard's best lap of 1:46.677 in Q1 means he was around four tenths of a second off the time needed to qualify for the race.
Teammate Will Stevens could not run in qualifying due to a problem with the fuel system.
Stevens is the only of the two Manor drivers who has run within the 107 percent time this weekend, with a best time of 1:45.704 in second practice.
Merhi's best is a 1:46.647, still two tenths short of the time needed to qualify.
But the Spaniard predicted after qualifying that his team would get special dispensation to compete in the race.
"We are out of the 107 percent because we had problems, both me and the car, and we couldn't adapt the braking system with the little running that we've had," said Merhi.
"We need time and we need laps. But I think the team has put on a great effort to be here, so little by little we'll get there.
"Our best time during the weekend is within the 107 percent so we'll see in the race, but in theory there should be no problem."