Kimi Raikkonen says he doesn't understand why small changes made to his Ferrari left him floundering during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix as he couldn't turn encouraging free practice pace into anything more than 12th on the grid.

Third fastest after free practice on Friday at Monza, Raikkonen furthered his expectations by being seventh best in FP3, but come qualifying he would struggle to find the same feeling from his Ferrari F14T, forcing him to exit at the Q2 stage.

Blaming a minor change of set-up, Raikkonen was disappointed with the result given his otherwise positive weekend up to that stage.

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"For some reason I kept locking the front a bit and I could do good sectors, but not all in a row," he said. "I was a bit surprised, and it was an unpleasant surprise.

"For me, it was hard to believe the small changes made it so difficult but that is how it is. We hope to have a much better day tomorrow."

Indeed, having acknowledged that it would be hard to match the Mercedes-powered cars in qualifying, Raikkonen is more optimistic for the race, even if he is uncertain what he can manage from the sixth row.

"Today was not very good for me, but overall the weekend has been positive and maybe better than we expected. We knew qualifying would be difficult compared with the Mercedes cars.

"I believe we have a good chance to fight tomorrow, but it is hard to say how it is going to be. Do we have the speed to overtake people? We will see tomorrow."

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Gaaah! Every time I say something about Kimi, I swear he reads it and just does the exact opposite of whatever grand statement I've just made about his season. WTF is going on?