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Raikkonen surprised by struggles in the wet

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Kimi Raikkonen's form from practice disappeared in qualifying © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen said he was surprised by his drop off in pace during a wet qualifying session at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had looked like the best of the rest in the dry practice sessions prior to qualifying, but as soon as the rain came in qualifying he struggled to show the same kind of pace. He will start from sixth on Sunday's grid, but felt the car was capable of more in the dry.

"It's always going to be more difficult in the wet but you expect it to obviously be a bit more normal," he said. "It was my first time on full wets in this car for me and it seemed to be very tricky for some reason. We have to see what the reason is but the feeling was very poor and very difficult from the handling point of view. So I'm pretty surprised we ended up where we are. It feels disappointing but it could have been much more worse and we are doing a much better job overall than in the first race. It's at least going in the right direction even if we are quite a long way away."

However, Raikkonen is confident of a stronger showing in the race at Malaysia than he had in Australia.

"We try to do the best that we can and hopefully have no issues. We've done a much better job this week than we did in the first weekend, and like I said the car is feeling a bit better [in the dry]. It's not where I want it to be but maybe the circuit layout is helping a bit. Let's see how the weather is and try to do the best that we can. We had quite a few issues in the first weekend and we know if we can do a similar job overall, but without problems we should be in a much stronger position in the race. We first have to finish and hopefully be up there and fight for position."

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