Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says Kimi Raikkonen put in a "terrific" race in Brazil en-route to a seventh place finish.

Raikkonen opted for a two-stop strategy, but lost out to team-mate Fernando Alonso near the end, when the three-stopping Spaniard got ahead.

"I think we have seen a very positive Kimi this weekend, he is a top professional. He really did a terrific race as Fernando did too. But considering where we are coming from, I would say this was one of the first weekend's where Kimi felt the car suited him and we are seeing that in the way he was racing," Mattiacci told reporters following the 18th and penultimate round in the 2014 F1 World Championship.

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"I am extremely happy for the race he did."

Asked about Raikkonen's slow second stop - the Finn lost around seven seconds, Mattiacci added: "Unfortunately there was this issue at the pit stop with Kimi, but it happened.

"I am extremely confident in the work all the guys are doing during the stops - they are excellent guys.

"If I tell you what we have experienced during the weekend, they did a phenomenal job to make sure the car was ready to go to the grid, so it can happen. But I don't think this would have changed dramatically the result.

"I think we should have probably done a better qualifying but overall [as I said] the guys did a phenomenal job. We are building step-by-step preparing for the future.

"Clearly, fighting for the places we secured here is not our aim, but the team continues to improve day by day as we work on getting back to fighting at the front of the field."

Meanwhile, Mattiacci had this to say about Alonso: "Fernando produced an equally perfect race [as Kimi] and in the late duel with his team-mate he was clear headed and precise in his driving."