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Kimi Raikkonen says he had the 'tools' to take his first F1 pole position in almost a decade as he nonetheless played his part in Ferrari's marvellous front row lock-out for the Russian Grand Prix.

Nine years after his last pole position in the 2008 French Grand Prix - coincidentally also Ferrari's last 1-2 in qualifying -, Raikkonen came remarkably close to a surprise top spot after emerging quickest of the four front runners from the first run of laps in Q3.

He looked set to better his time again through the second run with quick S1 and S2 splits but fading tyres in the final right-hand bends would prevent him from making gains and allow the following Sebastian Vettel to grab pole off him by less than a tenth.

Though it marks his best starting position since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix, Raikkonen was disappointed to end up behind his team-mate, saying he was compromised time on both runs that could have made the difference in that 0.059s gap to Vettel

"Obviously the aim is to be in the front [but] feeling has been more better this weekend. Now we just got some traffic on our out lap in the last set and couldn't really make the tyres work as well as the first run. It was a bit trickier.

"They [second lap] were thereabouts and I just about got it back in the last corner, but obviously didn't pay off. I'm happier than previous qualifying, but obviously we had all the tools to be in the front today. One-two for the team is not bad."

Raikkonen headed up Ferrari's last front row lockout at Magny-Cours in 2008, with Felipe Massa joining him alongside. Raikkonen would go on to win the race, the last French Grand Prix to be held to date.


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