Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari could have "comfortably" taken pole position during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, with the Finn disappointed to only take third on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Rain in the build-up to the start of qualifying remained for all three stages of the session, allowing Mercedes to bounce back from a difficult Friday to lock out the front row of the grid, with Lewis Hamilton heading up a one-two finish for the German manufacturer.

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Raikkonen had sat on provisional pole ahead of Hamilton and Bottas' final runs in qualifying, only to fail to improve with his own last effort, leaving him to finish third on the grid alongside Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

"It’s not ideal, but I think that what is the most important and nicest thing is that the car was driveable and enjoyable in the rain," Raikkonen said after the session.

"We got a bit unlucky after I changed tyres, and we felt it was a lot quick, but I was behind the Haas and in the spray, it’s impossible to see and improve.

"But there were definitely chances today, in these conditions, to be quite comfortably on pole. But it didn’t happen, and tomorrow we’ll keep trying."

Ferrari appeared to enjoy a decent pace advantage over Mercedes in practice on Friday, giving the team hope of bouncing back in the race. For Raikkonen - whose winless streak in F1 dates back to 2013 - he feels he has nothing to lose heading into the first corner with both Mercedes on Sunday.

"I have nothing to lose, do I? We’ll do the normal things and see where we come out," Raikkonen said.

"You can plan it as much as you want, but things will go either way. Obviously you try to make it very clean, you try to make the right decisions but when the time will come we can hopefully get a good getaway and see what we can do."



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