Kimi Raikkonen says his Ferrari had the pace to be much higher than his 14th in qualifying but lost out in the drying conditions with lap times constantly improving.
The Finnish driver had demonstrated consistent speed to challenge inside the top six all race weekend but mistimed his final qualifying lap in the drying Q2 session.
With lap times constantly improving and the order chopping in the final seconds Raikkonen, who had already taken the chequered flag, was rapidly shuffled down the order to P14 to make it his worst qualifying result of the year.
“It's a shame where we ended up, because the car has been very good today even in the wet,” Raikkonen said. “Whatever the reasons were it makes no difference. Our position is what it is right now and obviously doesn't make it easy for the race, it's not ideal for tomorrow but I'm sure we can work something out.
Full qualifying results for the Hungarian Grand Prix
“The lap time was good when I did it, but a few seconds later it was not good anymore. It was getting drier and faster all the time, so it was one of those things that are part of the game. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't.
“Today it was about timing, managing to finish the lap before the red flags and you cannot plan for those things. Sometimes you can a bit lucky, sometimes not – that's how it goes.”
The former F1 world champion is confident of making progress up the order in the race and despite there being limited overtaking opportunities at the tight and twisty Hungaroring, Raikkonen feels assured his Ferrari's race pace will boost his charge.
“This is still a normal circuit and you can still overtake if you have the speed. Obviously it's not the easiest place to overtake but we've seen in the past that it's possible,” he said. “We're not going to have an easy life tomorrow but I'm sure we can come out with something that will improve our position.”