The onset of wet conditions would scupper Kimi Raikkonen's hopes of carrying his impressive free practice form into qualifying as he was eliminated in a frantic Q2 session.

The fastest non-Mercedes driver in the run up to qualifying, Raikkonen was nonetheless caught out by the scrum for a banker lap at the start of Q2 as stormy weather and rainy conditions began to set in.

With just one chance to get a quick lap in before the heavens opened, Raikkonen's sole effort would see him fall just short as he came up on Marcus Ericsson around the final corner. Ironically, however, Ericsson would make it into Q3, just edging out Raikkonen as a result.

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A disappointing outcome on a weekend that has promised much for the Finn, Raikkonen put the low starting position down to an error of timing, but refused to blame Ferrari for it.

"It doesn't help to blame anyone, it is what it is," he said. "It is easier to say afterwards that we should have been waiting behind each other but the end result is this and whatever we do now doesn't change it. It is unfortunate."

"We will see what happens in the race, but it was wrong time, simple as that," he said. "I tried to overtake Marcus because he was in front of me and I couldn't slow down because there were people pushing me forward."