Kimi Raikkonen has hinted Ferrari could have adopted a riskier fuel strategy than their rivals as he bids to keep his faint driver title aspirations alive in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Currently 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the standings, with Raikkonen's hopes of staying in touch for the title down the actions of the Brit over the course of the final two races, Ferrari can afford to try something alternative.

Indeed, Raikkonen has been the pace setter in China all weekend, which made it all the more surprising when Hamilton undercut him by a tenth at the end of the top shootout.

Nonetheless, while the Finn admits pole position would have been good, he was pleased with his effort and is confident he can perform well in either the dry or wet conditions that have been forecast.

"Of course it would have been better to be on pole, but all things considered, second place is a good result, especially when you consider the uncertainty about how much fuel those in the top ten are running.

"I am very happy with the handling of the car this weekend: we have shown we are competitive in all conditions and I think that should be the same even if it rains, which seems likely. I am confident. We know the situation in the championship is pretty compromised but I will do my all to try and win."