Kimi Raikkonen says he should be starting the Australian Grand Prix from third position on the grid after once again criticising his own driving after qualifying for the 2015 F1 season opener.

Though it equals his best starting position from the entirety of the 2014 season, Raikkonen was philosophical about his run to fifth position - less than a tenth behind third place Felipe Massa -, insisting he made a mistake on his best lap that lost him upwards of three tenths.

"I had a big mistake, I lost three tenths in corner three and then just messed up the next two corners. The rest of the lap was pretty good, so we should have been in P3.

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"I don't think I have been driving very well on the one lap this weekend. Qualifying was good and then I made a mistake, so it is a bit disappointing, but that is how it goes. At least we have a pretty good package and overall we are happy as a team, we are working well together, so we know we have the speed

Turning his attention to the race, Raikkonen is nonetheless optimistic he has a car capable of taking him back to the podium two years after he scored his last win in Australia driving a Lotus.

"Yesterday we had a pretty good long run so tomorrow, whatever the weather is, I think we have improved a lot overall. It is a bit disappointing to make a mistake and start in P5 but I think we can still do a good race, have a clean start and do the best we can. I think we should have a good chance to fight for that position."