Raikkonen surprised to end tough weekend with podium

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Kimi Raikkonen admitted his surprise after ending a difficult Singapore Grand Prix weekend by finishing third for Ferrari.

Raikkonen qualified third for the race on Saturday night, but admitted after the session that he had felt uncomfortable with the setup of the Ferrari SF15-T car.

As defending champions Mercedes struggled for pace, the battle for the race win boiled down to Ferrari and Red Bull in Singapore, with Sebastian Vettel leading the Italian marque’s charge.

Raikkonen ran in third for much of the race, and although he did close on second-placed Daniel Ricciardo in the early part of his second stint, the Finn was unable to match the pace of the leading duo.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Raikkonen admitted that he was surprised to have finished third given his difficulties over the weekend, and that the race was a “struggle”.

“I must say out there, Friday was fine for me and then yesterday we struggled for whatever reason, and I didn’t expect much better today,” Raikkonen explained.

“So I was a bit surprised to finish third yesterday with how the car felt, and today was a struggle again, but obviously we had enough speed to be in third place, but I had no chance to do anything about the first two.

“I could follow them at the beginning, but them once my tires dropped off, that just went. It wasn’t that nice to have those kind of difficulties, but we still finished third.

“When you have a bad few days and you finish third, it’s pretty good, and for the team it’s nice as well, so hopefully we’ll repeat that.”

The result marked Raikkonen’s second podium finish of the season following his charge to P2 in Bahrain, and takes him back up to fourth place in the drivers’ championship ahead of Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.