Manama - Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was eliminated in the second qualifying session on Saturday for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The German star was only 11th fastest in his Red Bull which ruled him out of the final top-10 shootout for Sunday's third round of the world championship.
Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were the top two qualifiers into the deciding session.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.
"The Mercedes are out of reach -- this track suits them here," Vettel told the BBC.
"Hopefully we can do a good job at the moment and rescue some points this weekend. Things are going on in the background which haven't helped and we haven't done many laps here. You can have days where it's quite tight to get into Q3."
Starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix following qualifying on
Saturday (Note: Daniel Ricciardo was third in qualifying but will start
Sunday's race in 13th place after picking up a 10-place grid penalty in
Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)
Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams-Mercedes)
Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India-Mercedes)
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari)
Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)
Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN/McLaren-Mercedes)
Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull-Renault)
Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Force India-Mercedes)
Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Renault)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault)
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso-Renault)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari)
Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Renault)
Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus-Renault)
Adrian Sutil (GER/Sauber-Ferrari)
Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Caterham-Renault)
Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia-Ferrari)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Caterham-Renault)
Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia-Ferrari)