Kimi Raikkonen was understandably frustrated to miss out on pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix, although he claims he would much rather start third than second.

Raikkonen was a popular bet for pole position following his scintillating pace in free practice, but while he translated that into strong form through the knockout phases, there remained little to choose between the top four drivers.

Even so, when Raikkonen went for his final flying lap, his first two sector times suggested he would be setting the benchmark. However, when he made a mistake on the penultimate bend it cost him enough time to leave him stationed behind team-mate Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton.

Indeed, the Finn bemoaned the lack of balance his car suffered with a heavy fuel load, but at the same time claims the fact he is starting on the cleaner side of the track means he is confident of a good start in the race.

"Of course I would have preferred to have started from pole position, but it is better to be third and start on the clean side of the track, than to be second. In Q1 and Q2, the car was well balanced, but that was not the case in Q3, when I took on my fuel load for the first part of the race.

"I made a few small mistakes in the final two corners, which probably cost me pole. We have a very strong car in race trim, so there is every chance of getting a good result."

 

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