Raikkonen, who finished fourth ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean, said that the performance could have been even better but for being stuck behind other cars during his out-lap.
"[Our qualifying performance] has been good," Autosport quotes Raikkonen as saying. "It helped that it was a bit more hot.
"I think we had the chance to be in third place but I had some traffic on the out-lap and didn't really get their (the tyres) performance to work as we wanted to."
Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole for tomorrow's race.