German GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Mobil 1 German Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1:14.320. It looked like it was going to be an all Team McLaren Mercedes front row with Juan Pablo Montoya ...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Mobil 1 German Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1:14.320. It looked like it was going to be an all Team McLaren Mercedes front row with Juan Pablo Montoya appearing fast until the last corner of his flying lap when he lost the rear end of the car and spun into the tyre barrier. Consequently he will start tomorrow's race from the back. Today's pole position was Kimi's 7th in Formula One and McLaren-Mercedes 40th.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"I am happy to be on pole which is the position that the team deserves after all the hard work. Surprisingly the car wasn't handling as well as in free practice this morning. My qualifying performance wasn't perfect as I had a short moment when I slid a little too much at the second to last corner due to oversteer."

"Anyway it's good to start from pole position, but I expect a tough race tomorrow. Unfortunately Juan Pablo has to start from the back following his off. Obviously I would have liked him to start from the front row to make it the optimum result for the team today, but that is motor racing."

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"There is no excuse really. I made a mistake and simply lost the car. It was going to be a really quick lap, possibly pole and I thought all that is left now is to get a good exit out of the last corner. As I lifted, I lost the rear and that was it."

"I'm really upset for the team as everybody has been working so hard to make a one-two possible, and it really is important for us in the Championship. The car definitely has the potential. I will just have to give it my all in the race tomorrow and hope for the best to try and make it up to the team."

Ron Dennis:

"This was a qualifying session of mixed emotions as we definitely had the opportunity to get both cars on the front row. Juan Pablo made a mistake, but he has the pace to make his way up the field. Kimi's pole position is well deserved and will put us in a strong position to challenge for the victory tomorrow."

Norbert Haug:

"An excellent qualifying performance from Kimi. His pole position is the result of the good work of the team throughout yesterday and today. Without Juan Pablo's mistake both cars would have been on the front row."

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-20 04
Juan Pablo Montoya: MP4-20 07
T-car (Juan Pablo): MP4-20 10

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Mercedes , McLaren