A new contract does not appear to have changed old luck for Kimi Raikkonen, as the Finn soldiered to seventh place in the Belgian Grand Prix.

After months of debate, Ferrari finally took up its option on Raikkonen's contract ahead of the Spa-Francorchamps weekend but, after a promising run in practice, the 2007 world champion ran into mechanical trouble in qualifying and spent his Sunday afternoon attempting to recover from an unrepresentative row eight start.

Benefiting from the absence of both Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz from the grid, Raikkonen made a solid start, and rose as high as fourth during the first round of pit-stops, but ultimately found himself unable to better seventh as his tyres went off in the latter stages.

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"It's disappointing, not just for me, but for the team," the Finn sighed, "Obviously, our starting place wasn't ideal after what happened [on Saturday] - we tried to do our best but, obviously, it's not a very good place to finish, although it's better than where we started.

"We had two issues this weekend and it hurt both cars quite badly. I just couldn't get past [Massa] as was behind one car and I was behind him, so more or less every lap he got DRS and nothing changed. After the pit-stop, I got next to him and had a good run down the left-hand side, but that was more or less the only chance to get past him. In the end, I struggled a bit with my front tyres and couldn't really challenge."

Despite the frustration, Raikkonen's points were the only ones that Ferrari would leave with, following team-mate Sebastian Vettel's late tyre failure.

"We have to be realistic with where we started today," he noted, "We did our best and, obviously, it's not where we want to finish, but that was our maximum today.

"We are doing the right things as a team but, sometimes, something seems to happen and it we're not really getting the result. But we'll keep working and improving things and, hopefully, we'll get the results at some point."