Kimi Raikkonen was somewhat sanguine about his performance in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, the Finn securing third on the grid but again having to let team-mate Felipe Massa grab the headlines.

The third consecutive race Raikkonen has started on the second row of the grid, the Finn blamed a lack of grip in the final sector as the reason why he was not able to make it an all-Ferrari front row.

However, while Raikkonen admits third is far from a disaster, he nonetheless concedes more work needs to be done for him to revisit the kind of form that saw him score a dominant victory in the first round of the season at Melbourne.

"It seems that taking third place in qualifying is now becoming a habit," he said. "It's not a bad position, but obviously you always hope to be in front of everyone. On my second attempt, I was going very well but I lost time in the final sector, where the rear of the car was sliding a bit.

"I hope I will be able to make up some places, but I know it won't be easy. My feeling for the car is improving: there is still work to do, but it's going in the right direction."