Fernando Alonso says his Renault team was just not strong enough in qualifying at Spa, after failing to reach the top 10.
The two-time World Champion was amongst a group of famous name to miss the cut to go into Q3, the Spaniard having to settle for 13th position on the grid. Alonso admitted his car simply had no more pace in it.
"Today we just weren't competitive enough and we struggled in both Q1 and Q2 where I did my maximum but still missed out," said Alonso. "However, it was an unusual session today as we had big competitors knocked out in Q2. Tomorrow this should make for an interesting race and then there is always the weather which may play a role. So we will not give up and will do our best to fight back tomorrow."
Teammate Romain Grosjean had an even more disappointing day, however, the Frenchman qualifying down in 19th position after being hit by traffic for most of Q1.
"It was a difficult session today as there was a lot of traffic," he said. "I was blocked on a couple of my quick laps by a Toro Rosso and then my last quick lap was ruined by the yellow flag. However, the car has been good all weekend and I really love this circuit so I will give my maximum to move forward, finish the race and gain more experience."