Nico Rosberg cast a downbeat figure after qualifying third for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Mercedes ace Rosberg suffered a huge slide through the final corner, which technical chief Paddy Lowe believed cost him his shot at pole position, and will start behind teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
“I just didn’t drive well enough,” he said. “So that’s why… I’m annoyed by that. Third place is not good for tomorrow. But, that’s the way it is.
“The conditions were quite interesting out there, because there was so much grip, I’ve seldom had such good grip in wet conditions. It was very unusual, so good to drive, but just not quick enough.
“Starting from third means I'm on the clean side of the grid, so that should definitely help me get by Sebastian at the start."