Kimi Raikkonen says he won't use the Spanish Grand Prix as a reference point for Ferrari's margin to Mercedes after the team proved no match for its rivals in Barcelona.

Fresh from his first podium of the 2015 season in Bahrain, Raikkonen endured an indifferent weekend in Spain as he struggled to adapt to a series of new updates brought to the event, the Finn eventually choosing to revert to the former set-up.

Qualifying down in seventh place, Raikkonen battled hard in the early stages to progress to fifth place, where he would remain to the chequered flag, but on a weekend where Ferrari appeared to lose ground again to Mercedes, there are concerns that the more generic characteristics of the Circuit de Catalunya venue could well prove the true differential in pace between the two teams.

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However, Raikkonen plays down that assertion, pointing out the next two events in Monaco and Canada offer different challenges altogether that could well shift the balance back in Ferrari's favour.

"It's hard to say before we get to those races as we've seen here," he said. "We expected it was going to be a pretty normal weekend but it turned out to be difficult for everybody. So conditions can change the whole story.

"The next two races are completely different to where we've been so far this year so you can expect it to change. Monaco you can make a difference by driving and it's very difficult to pass so it's a special place and after that Canada again you've got the opposite to anything we've seen so far this year.

"It could be a different story on different tyres so we have to go to those races to do the maximum and see what we can come up with."