Though overshadowed by the race-winning efforts of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen did his own bit to demonstrate Ferrari's step forward in pace by scything his way from last to fourth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

A frustrating weekend for the Finn, who began the Sepang event as the closest rival to the Mercedes during free practice, Raikkonen would firstly lose out in a rain-hit qualifying when 'poor timing' left him out of Q2 in 11th place, before contact with Felipe Nasr on lap two left of the race him with a puncture.

Forcing him to the back of the field, Raikkonen nonetheless utilised the Ferrari's rapid pace in the searing Malaysian heat by picking his way up the order to cross the line in fourth place, a full 17secs clear of the Williams'.

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Indeed, though frustrated with his poor luck, Raikkonen felt he at least got the maximum result he could have in the circumstances.

"I think we did the maximum we could," he said. "I got a very bad start, just wheelspin off the line and then in the first corners I just didn't really get very good positions and lost some places. Then I gained a few places in one of the corners and obviously was passing people but then I got a puncture at the last corner and had to do the whole lap.

"We had quite a lot bad luck in quite a few places this weekend but there's not much I can do when I get touched from behind and it is what it is.

"Luckily there was a safety car and we had OK speed. Obviously for the team it's a pretty good result, they got the win. It could have been better but obviously the team with what we had today we did the maximum."