Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari can secure second place in the Formula One constructors' championship as he plots his route through fast-moving traffic in Abu Dhabi.
The two-time world champion will line up only 11th on the grid at the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday, as the Italian manufacturer look to take the fight to Mercedes in the race for best of the rest behind runaway leaders Red Bull.
With both titles already sewn up by the Milton Keynes team, the fight for second place in the constructors' standings could prove to be the most enthralling battle of the remaining three races.
Ferrari appear to be on the back foot as they slipped four points behind Mercedes following last weekend's Indian Grand Prix, and they could even come under attack from Lotus.
But Alonso, who has now been out-qualified by team-mate Felipe Massa on five of the last six occasions, insists he will still be able to beat both Mercedes cars and the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen in Abu Dhabi.
"It is only Saturday," said the Spaniard.
"Maybe tomorrow we will finish with both cars in the podium, the important thing is Sunday and to get more points than our competitors and keep fighting for second in the constructors' championship.
"I don't know what is the goal we can achieve tomorrow.
"There is a little bit of a question mark, not just for us but for everyone going into the race, but I'm still confident that on Sunday we will get some good points, more points that our competitors."
Alonso, who has won in China and Spain so far this season, knows it is a challenge starting lower down the grid, but he is used to fighting above his weight in a struggling Ferrari.
"The problem that we are facing is that we are not very competitive," he said.
"But we weren't competitive in July, we were not competitive in August or in September, but we still have five podiums and three consecutive second places.
"So this masks a little bit the problems we were having. Now we are back to reality but it will not stop us fighting. We will score more than the others I have no doubt.
"There are possibilities of getting it wrong because you have to take more risks to overtake but that is nothing really new, nothing that we cannot do tomorrow. We need to attack in the race."
For all of Ferrari's lack of pace, the Red Bulls continued to prove they had the beating of the field as Mark Webber secured his second pole position of the season.
Webber, who will depart both Red Bull and Formula One at the end of the current campaign, produced a time which was good enough to beat team-mate and newly recrowned four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel into second place.
Mercedes meanwhile, took the upper hand in their battle with Ferrari and Lotus as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton qualified third and fourth respectively, despite the latter suffering from a fractured wishbone on his final flying lap.
Rosberg was happy with the effort of the team and will look to build on their lead over those teams vying to take their second spot in the constructors' standings.
"In general I'm pleased with the result," Rosberg said. "Third place and best of the rest which is our target for the weekend.
"It was nice to annoy the Red Bull a little bit from time to time in qualifying but they were just too quick again.
"Third place is good, it is good for the constructors. That is what counts for us and locking out the second row of the grid."
Elsewhere, Grosjean once again outshone his Lotus team-mate as he secured fifth spot on the grid and the disgruntled Raikkonen managed only seventh.
Nico Hulkenberg, who has been linked with replacing Ferrari-bound Raikkonen next season, again impressed in sixth while Sergio Perez was the sole McLaren runner in the top 10 as he finished ninth, with the Torro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo behind him.