Daniel Ricciardo suffered an early exit from qualifying in Singapore, but admitted he could not get much more from his car in drying conditions.
The McLaren driver went out in Q1 after going just 17th fastest on Saturday, while team-mate Lando Norris placed his car on the third row for Sundays race, taking P6 in tricky conditions around Marina Bay.
Ricciardo admitted on Friday that his practice sessions were far from ideal, but still harboured hopes of making it into Q3 himself.
But with the conditions having changed between FP3 and qualifying, he said that it was tough for him to get what he wanted out of his car.
Yesterday was certainly a struggle, no denying that, so we made a lot of changes overnight, Ricciardo said to the official Formula 1 website.
Obviously very different conditions today but getting out into P3 I felt actually we were in a more reasonable spot.
I felt like we were good enough to fight for the top 10 or thereabouts. So back in a respectable spot, lets say.
So then we basically just sent it for qualifying and obviously the track dried a bit, but otherwise not really much else.
And just in those conditions, especially as the track dried more and more, I could just feel it that we couldnt extract much more lap time.
Obviously Q1 [exit] is disappointing but Im personally more disappointed that it was quite different to a couple hours ago and couldnt quite get what I wanted out of it.
It was a similar up-and-down day for Constructors rivals Alpine, with Fernando Alonso joining Norris on row three while Esteban Ocon was also knocked out at the first hurdle, and will line up alongside Ricciardo on the ninth row.
Quickest in Q1:
1 Verstappen 1:53.057
2 Hamilton +0.104s
3 Leclerc +1.072s
Out in Q1:
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While a points finish now looks unlikely for Ricciardo, he hopes to have seen the back of the wet-dry running from Saturday wanting a degree of certainty around the weather so he can work around it on Sunday, particularly after having a tough time of things in Friday practice.
From yesterday, we changed a lot so if its dry tomorrow, then hopefully it works because we still dont really know in these conditions, he explained.
But I mean, to be honest, it couldnt have got worse than yesterday. So Im optimistic that tomorrows setup is better than Fridays.
But I think, for my wish, I would either want full dry or full wet but when its that in between, I think like it was obviously in Q1, thats where we didnt have much to show.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc qualified fastest on Saturday, with World Championship leader Max Verstappen onlyP8 after having to abort his final timed lap due to a lack of fuel.