Kimi Raikkonen said he had secured the best result possible in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix after posting the fifth best time in the session.

The Finn returned to the top ten after a disappointing qualifying performance in Japan saw him only manage twelfth on the grid, with the Lotus man seeking to keep his slim title hopes alive on race day.

Speaking after the session, Raikkonen said he was pleased with the performance of the new Coanda-effect exhaust debuted by the team this weekend and said he was confident of a solid run in what will be his Korean GP debut.

"Qualifying was okay and I think we did the best we could have done," he said. "We tried some different things on the car over the weekend and qualified in a reasonably good position, but of course you always want to go faster.

"The new exhaust system feels good; you do lose a little horsepower from it but it's better on the aero side and you can't get something for nothing. The gap to the cars at the front is not too much so we'll try to do what we can tomorrow."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean qualified seventh quickest although he admitted that the session could have gone better.

"It was a bit of a strange qualifying session for me to be honest," he said. "In Q1 the car felt nowhere, in Q2 it was good, then in Q3 it wasn't fantastic either so we need to spend some time analysing what happened. The track changed a little and the tyres felt slightly different so we need to understand that.

"For sure there will be a lot of attention on my start tomorrow; I know my objectives and I think we're capable of a good result."


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