Kimi Raikkonen said he was surprised to qualify as high as sixth for the Malaysian Grand Prix after really struggling in the wet conditions during qualifying.

Having been second quickest in each Friday practice session and then third in FP3, Raikkonen's strong weekend was halted by the weather on Saturday afternoon as heavy rain made for a completely wet qualifying session. Raikkonen said his Ferrari's handling was very poor in the conditions but that the team was unsure why he had struggled so much.

"It's very difficult, for some reason there's just no grip, traction or front end," Raikkonen said. "I don't know, we'll have to see and find out why but that's how it felt. I was surprised that we were sixth but overall the pace has been good this weekend, much better even if it's still not where I want to be and the car doesn't feel exactly like I want.

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"Hopefully we'll get some new parts for the next race and it will help but for some reason in the wet conditions there was very poor grip so it was pretty difficult."

Raikkonen explained that his surprise at sixth place was actually a pleasant one having expected to be further down the grid.

"I think it was a bit of a more normal feeling on the intermediates but on the full wets it just got worse and worse. I would get one lap and then suddenly I had no grip at either end, especially on traction. It felt very tricky so I was surprised that we are even sixth. It's obviously not the ideal position but it could have been much worse."