Nico Rosberg said he was lucky to make it to the top ten shootout in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix after struggling with the handling of his Williams.
The German, quickest in Friday's practice, was unable to repeat the feat and was nearly knocked out in Q1. However, he went on to finish in ninth position.
Rosberg admitted he did not feel comfortable with the car today, but he is still hopeful of scoring good points tomorrow.
"That was not a good qualifying from me as I really didn't feel comfortable in the car today," said Rosberg. "We were just lucky we made it through to the third round because it was very close.
"In the end, P9 is OK because we have a lot of fuel onboard so, strategy-wise, I think we are looking pretty competitive.
"My hope for tomorrow is definitely to finish in the points and I think that's achievable. Our race car is pretty good, so we should have a consistent pace and everything is possible from ninth."
Teammate Kazuki Nakajima finished in 12th position, but was at a loss to explain where he was losing time to Rosberg.
"It's difficult to say where I lost my time," he said. "I didn't make any mistakes and the car was performing pretty well. If I think about the gap separating Nico and me, I'm pleased with my afternoon. Overall, though, I have mixed feelings as I should have made it into Q3."