Kimi Raikkonen says he can be content with his fifth place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix, even if he was frustrated at being unable to get the better of Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the race.

The Finn was pushed onto the back foot following a poor qualifying that left him seventh, but an aggressive start to the race would elevate him to fifth place, where he would remain to the chequered flag.

Indeed, though Ferrari put Raikkonen on a similar option-prime-option tyre strategy to that of Bahrain - when he charged up to second place in the closing stages -, he couldn't make the more favourable medium rubber work in the closing stages as he got caught behind Bottas' Williams.

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Similar to Sebastian Vettel's failure to pass the Finn in Bahrain under similar circumstances, Raikkonen says the Williams has the tendency to disturb the Ferrari's aero when following closely.

"We tried to do our best and obviously in the end we caught up with the Williams but it was so difficult to overtake," he said. "It's just that that car seems to disturb our aero quite a bit and then obviously they have good speed on the straights. We tried but we could not pass them.

"It's been a difficult weekend in many ways but it wasn't a disaster in the end. It wasn't what we want but it could have been a lot worse. We can't be happy but at least we tried."

Reflecting on why the weekend has proven to be less competitive for Ferrari than in recent races, Raikkonen insists the team can still learn from the issues and come back stronger.

"If you look at the lap times compared to the test and last year it's not so good as like we've seen in the previous races. If we knew it would be easier to fix it or to understand but we really don't know and we tried something different on my car and probably it wasn't ideal but we learn from those things and it can help us for the future."