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Raikkonen rues costly qualifying error

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Kimi Raikkonen says a mistake on his final Q3 lap was the difference between qualifying third and fifth for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen has been much happier with Ferrari's SF15-T after struggling with its predecessor throughout last season. In Melbourne he was narrowly pipped to fourth by new team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the Finn blames himself for his position on the third row of the grid.

"I had a big mistake, I lost three tenths in corner three and then just messed up the next two corners," Raikkonen said. "The rest of the lap was pretty good, so we should have been in P3 but that is how it is."

The 2007 world champion admits his driving has been below-par over the Melbourne weekend so far but he is excited by his chances in the race.

"I don't think I have been driving very well on the one lap this weekend. Qualifying was good and then I made a mistake, so it is a bit disappointing, but that is how it goes. At least we have a pretty good package and overall we are happy as a team, we are working well together, so we know we have the speed but we have to improve in all areas. As for me, do a better job on driving, but it is not a very typical circuit. I was better in qualifying than in the morning or yesterday but it is not ideal."

Mercedes was over a second second up the road in qualifying but Raikkonen thinks the gap could have been smaller.

"We should have been P3 and not been one second behind Mercedes, but we knew that we can't fight with them in qualifying. Yesterday we had a pretty good long run so tomorrow, whatever the weather is, I think we have improved a lot overall. It is a bit disappointing to make a mistake and start in P5 but I think we can still do a good race, have a clean start and do the best we can. I think we should have a good chance to fight for that position."

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