Kimi Raikkonen was left disappointed after Formula 1 qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, having failed to get any clean laps in en route to fourth on the grid.

Raikkonen had hoped to be in the fight for pole along with Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes pair of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, but never looked likely to disrupt the top three.

The Finn eventually claimed fourth place on the grid for the start of the new F1 season on Sunday, finishing eight-tenths of a second off pole-sitter Hamilton and over half a second behind Vettel in the sister Ferrari.

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"All of my laps were not very good, I just didn't put any decent laps together," Raikkonen said. "It was a bit messy after the first run. It wasn't exactly how we should have done it from my side and we're also catching up a bit and never really got it together.

"It's a bit disappointing but we're still fourth. It's the first qualifying done and we go from there."

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Despite his struggles, Raikkonen was still able to out-qualify Red Bull's Max Verstappen, reflecting the strength of Ferrari's 2017 SF70H car.

"For sure, a pretty good package," Raikkonen said. "We have work to be done but that's the same for everybody. This is a very special place, here, so let's wait and see when we get to the normal circuits.

"So far it's OK, obviously it was not an ideal day from my side, but we go from here."

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