Lewis Hamilton reckons it was "almost impossible" to beat the Bulls in Saturday's qualifying for the Japanese GP.
Mercedes have been Red Bull's closest competitor on Saturday afternoons of late and it was more of the same at Suzuka this weekend.
While Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel locked out the front row of the grid, Hamilton brought his Mercedes W04 home in third place.
The Brit's 1:31.253 was 0.338s short of Webber's pole position time.
But despite losing out, Hamilton says he had a good car at his disposal, it's just a case of the Red Bulls are too strong.
"I'm really happy," he said. "I think the team did a great job so far this weekend.
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