Kimi Raikkonen says he is constantly fighting with his Ferrari despite matching his best starting position of the year so far.

While Fernando Alonso is third in the drivers' championship, Raikkonen has struggled and has scored just 11 points so far. While he has already started from sixth twice this season, Raikkonen said he was struggling throughout final practice and doesn't want to class the recovery as a success.

"If you look at the morning it was a disaster and then we changed the car quite a bit," Raikkonen said. "So I still really think we have to fight a lot to get the one lap out and it's just small things all the time. It's just tricky to get the one lap right, keep it on the line and not make a massive mistake.

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"It seems to happen always; it's just a big fight always to try and get a lap out of it. Obviously what's still disappointing is we're sixth and seventh, we want to be at the front. So we can't be happy. That's how it goes and after the morning and the changes we did - I don't know if it made it different or not - but obviously it was better this afternoon but not like it should be."

Asked if a podium was possible on Sunday, Raikkonen said it remained the target even if his main focus is on having a clean race.

"Well that's the aim, but is it going to happen? Hard to say. The previous races this year have always seen something happen. It's pretty difficult so hopefully we will just have a normal race and then we should be OK but let's wait and see."