Kimi Raikkonen believes pole position was on the cards for Ferrari this weekend had it not been for a small mistake at the final corner which he believes cost him two-tenths of a second, which would have been enough to overhaul both Max Verstappen and pole sitter Nico Rosberg.
Raikkonen qualified third with an improved laptime on his second run, which put him just +0.166 shy of Rosberg's pole time. Whilst his second run in Q3 was quicker than his Q2 time, his final sector was slower and Raikkonen blamed a small mistake at the chicane for costing him what would have been his first pole since 2008.
"I went wide on the first try so it was not ideal," explained Raikkonen. "The second run was pretty good but compared to my Q2 lap I lost two tenths in the chicane.
"Pole position was there so it's a bit disappointing. It would have been nice to get it."
Raikkonen is however positive about his chances on Sunday, adding: "Tomorrow is the race, and if we compare it to previous races we can be satisfied with where we are.
"It is nice to be so close but we would rather be on pole position. We had a good chance."