Kimi Raikkonen says he had no chance to fight for the victory during the Singapore Grand Prix, and that while third was not ideal, it was still "pretty good".

Raikkonen lined-up third on the grid at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, despite reporting he was not happy with his Ferrari. He continued to have problems in the race as well, and although not able to go at a similar pace to team-mate and race winner, Sebastian Vettel or runner-up Daniel Ricciardo, he was able to bring it home in P3 and take the final place on the rostrum, the 79th podium of his career and his first since Bahrain.

"I must say Friday was fine for me [here] but yesterday we struggled for whatever reason and I didn't expect much better today," he said.

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"I was a bit surprised to finish third on Saturday [in qualifying] with how difficult the car felt and today was a struggle again but obviously we had enough speed to be in third place but I had no chance to do anything about the first two.

"I could follow them at the beginning but once my tyres dropped off that just went. It wasn't that nice to have that kind of difficulties but you know we still finished third and when you have a bad few days and you finish third it's pretty good and for the team nice and hopefully we can repeat them."

Pressed on what prevented him from doing more, Raikkonen added that as soon as he tried to do similar times to Vettel and Ricciardo he lost the rear.

"Obviously when you have new tyres the car's more or less OK and then Sebastian was not pushing on the second set and the last set, the stints, it was quite easy but once we started to push I started to struggle straight way with the same issues with the rear end," he confirmed.

"It obviously was a bit tricky in the race but in the end with the difficulties we've had in the last few days we still finished third. It's OK. It's not ideal but I'll take it."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen added that he is hopeful the Scuderia can now build on this 1-3 result.

"Hopefully we can improve on this and all the areas and try to keep it going for longer and longer and build on this one again," he confirmed.

"I think we've done an amazing job as a team and we will keep doing the same things, I'm sure we're going as a team in the right direction."