Paul di Resta blamed a Force India team mistake for his Q1 exit in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.
His 18th place in Spa qualifying marked the first time that di Resta had been eliminated in Q1 in his Formula 1 career, and the Scot was adamant he had been quick enough to make the cut had the team not called him in early in the drying session.
"I made a small mistake on the lap before, and during that lap we were quite a bit quicker and the team chose to bring me in," di Resta said. "They told me we should 'box' and when I got back to the pits they said 'hate to tell you this, but somebody's gone quicker'. So they called me back to the pits. I'm not aware of the situation going on around me, I just do as I'm ordered.
"We chose to sit out the middle part of the session and go out when the conditions were going to be best at the end."
Di Resta said the Force India was capable of a far better result. His team-mate Adrian Sutil was 15th after crashing in Q2.
We should be much further up and that's not happened," di Resta said. "There's much more [performance in the car], it's just the wrong call. Definitely the wrong call."