Jaime Alguersuari is staying positive about his chances of scoring in the British Grand Prix despite a disappointing qualifying.
The Spanish driver failed to make it into Q2 after rain hit the circuit before he could complete his final run on soft tires.
Alguersuari will start the race from 18th position, but the Toro Rosso driver admitted he was still upbeat for the race, although he conceded his strategy was the wrong one.
"We were a bit unlucky and also we didn't get it right, because we should have switched to the soft tire sooner, as they are worth about two seconds compared to the hard, so we never used our full potential," said Alguersuari.
"But it is not all negative, because we have good data in case it is wet again tomorrow and also as regards the Prime tire on a long run, so we can be in good shape for the race. If we make the best of any opportunities, then it is not impossible for us to finish in the points again by the end of tomorrow afternoon.
"At least I have lots of new tires ready to use and with only limited use of the DRS allowed in the race, we could be competitive not only in the wet, as was the case on Friday, but also in the dry."
Teammate Sebastien Buemi was also unlucky with the weather, the Swiss finishing in 19th place.
"I'm a bit disappointed, as we were not expecting the rain to arrive so soon, which meant we did not run the Option tire as early as we might have done," he said. "But the rain came down hard on my "out" lap, so I never got a chance to set a good time with the soft tire, which normally is as much as two seconds a lap quicker than the hard.
"On the positive side, we have plenty of new tires for tomorrow, so let's hope it will be dry. From this start position, getting a good start will be essential because, even with DRS, I think overtaking at this circuit will be difficult.
"This season we have started from poor grid positions but still gone on to have a good race and I hope that is the case tomorrow."