Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo successfully made it into Q3, but he confessed he'd hoped to do more with the opportunity than pick up ninth place on the grid for Sunday's race.

He'll start alongside Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, who didn't post a lap time in Q3 and therefore start in tenth place, but failed by a tenth and a half to beat the McLaren of Jenson Button, which will now start on the row ahead alongside Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"That was not an easy session and we had to work harder here to get to Q3 than we did in a few other races where we have managed it," Ricciardo admitted afterwards.

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"I was a bit disappointed not to get a little bit more time out of my lap in Q3, with Jenson a couple of tenths ahead and it would have been nice to get that," he added. "So I think ninth is pretty good all things considered.

"As for the race, the guys who went out in Q2 might have a little bit of a tyre advantage, so let's hope that doesn't have too much influence tomorrow," he said. "We will race as hard as we can and hope to stay in the points."

Ricciardo's team mate Jean-Eric Vergne didn't quite make it into Q3, missing out by just a tenth of a second, but he will still start from the row immediately behind Ricciardo in 12th place.

"It was extremely close and it's a shame I didn't make it to Q3," said the Frenchman. "On the positive side, we worked very well with the team to get a good car for qualifying and we missed out by the smallest margin, even though the car was responding well.

"I think we can have a good car for the race," he continued. "This is a tough track, with over 20 corners and getting each one of them right on a single lap is not so easy, from a driving point of view and also when it comes to setting up the car.

"I am still optimistic for [Sunday] and I believe that starting twelfth, scoring points is a realistic target," he added. "It was very tight this evening and one tenth of a second could have made all the difference and I think there were a couple of places where I could have found that tenth, so it's a bit frustrating, but that's it and tomorrow will be better."