Kimi Raikkonen says he has been encouraged by Ferrari's form in qualifying despite having to abandon his final run in Q3 due to a reliability issue.

After the first runs in the final part of qualifying it appeared that Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams all looked able to challenge for pole position, but Raikkonen slowed on his out lap for his last run and was told to bring the car back to the pits. Asked if the team knew the cause of his problem, Raikkonen replied: "No, not yet.

"I reckon it's some electronic thing; when you tried to go on power it was just cutting off. It's still too early to say what it is, I hope it's just a small thing but obviously it was big enough to destroy our qualifying at the end. I'm pretty sure that I can fix it and it should be OK."

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However, Raikkonen said it was "more or less" his best qualifying of the season having made significant progress with the car through the practice sessions.

"I've been struggling a bit with the car all weekend but we kept changing it and changed it through the qualifying and it was one of the few times that I could drive it as I want. Obviously unfortunately we had a problem then but there was a lot of potential today and it was nice to have a good feeling. It's a shame in the end but that's how it goes."

Going in to the race 15 points behind Williams in the constructors' standings, Raikkonen said he has higher hopes than just reducing that gap.

"Obviously we hope to score more points than Williams, but I hope to have a good race, to get a good start and try to do the maximum. Hopefully we will be in the fight."