Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed suggestions that qualifying third fastest for the Canadian Grand Prix stands him in good stead for victory in Sunday's race.

The Finn did his best to make up for the mechanical problems that saw Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel bow out in Q1, finishing as best of the rest behind the two Mercedes drivers at the end of the hour-long session, but insisted that, even with good long run pace in Friday practice, the Scuderia was not necessarily a threat to the Silver Arrows.

"Obviously, we try to do our best and see what happens but it's too early to start [talking about a victory]," he replied when asked about his chances in Montreal, "Friday is Friday and the race is the race so, while it was a bit better in qualifying, we're still only third. We're usually a bit better off in the race, so at least we should be in a better position to go for it, but let's see what happens."

Vettel's problem, which sees him start from 15th on Sunday, put a dampener on Ferrari's hopes of challenging Mercedes at a track where the silver cars faltered badly a year ago, but Raikkonen insisted that the first weekend with the revised V6s had still shown promise.

"Overall, the weekend has been very good - as smooth as it can be with the conditions we've had here," he noted, "It was a bit disappointing for the team that one car had some issue, but tomorrow is the race and usually we are a bit stronger there. We have to make a good start and go from there and see what comes out, but so far it has been pretty okay. Obviously, it's not ideal as we want to be in front, but at least it's better."



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