Kimi Raikkonen was left to lament another frustrating Saturday after qualifying sixth for the Chinese Grand Prix, a full six tenths slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel and behind the Williams'.

The Ferrari driver has endured a compromised start to the year when it comes to qualifying, admitting to making mistakes in Australia, before traffic during the weather-affected Q2 in Malaysia left him outside the top ten.

For China, however, Raikkonen would only blame himself for his lacklustre performance, lamenting a scruffy lap that would leave him well adrift of his team-mate and behind both Williams' on the outside of the third row.

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Branding the under-performance in qualifying as 'a habit', he is nonetheless more positive about his race chances.

"I am disappointed in myself to end up this way again, because it makes it much more difficult starting in that position," he admitted. "Tomorrow is another day and I expect the car to be good in the race, but it doesn't make life easy starting in that position.

"It was my fault. It isn't a disaster but it has become a habit and I would rather get rid of it. I think for the race we have a good car and it has been behaving well all weekend."