Hungarian GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start his 100th Grand Prix from Pole Position at the Hungaroring tomorrow, which is his 10th career and Team McLaren Mercedes 45th. The Finn set a time of 1:19.599 in the dying seconds of the...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start his 100th Grand Prix from Pole Position at the Hungaroring tomorrow, which is his 10th career and Team McLaren Mercedes 45th. The Finn set a time of 1:19.599 in the dying seconds of the session. Pedro de la Rosa will start from fourth after setting a time of 1:20.117 in the final qualifying session

Kimi Raikkonen:

"That was a really good qualifying session and to come out with pole position is really great. The car has been quick all weekend, and I am confident that we have made an excellent choice with our Michelin tyres."

"I believe we have a very strong car for tomorrow, and I am looking forward to the race where we have every chance to win. The work we have done in testing has really made a difference and improved our package over the last two weekends."

Pedro de la Rosa:

"I am very pleased with that result as it was generally a great qualifying session. It is very tight, but we have a very good car for the race and I am confident in our Michelin tyre choice for tomorrow."

"We selected the tyres which we expect to work better in the race, and so I am quite surprised that we are as high up. Our biggest strength for tomorrow will be the consistency in the tyres so I am looking forward to a very competitive race."

Ron Dennis:

"The outstanding performance of both Kimi and Pedro is a practical demonstration of the improvements the team have made to the performance of the car at the Jerez test preceding Hockenheim. Our race strategy should give both drivers every chance to attack the podium."

Norbert Haug:

"What a thriller! An exciting pole lap by Kimi with a stunning last sector time, and an excellent job from Pedro. Both cars on the first two rows of the grid is a great outcome from today's qualifying."

"Kimi on his last run was about three tenths quicker than Felipe Massa and Pedro's performance was just 32 thousandth shy of third place on the grid. We now are well positioned for tomorrow's race."

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-21 05
Pedro de la Rosa: MP4-21 06
T-car (Kimi): MP4-21 04

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Kimi Raikkonen , Norbert Haug , Felipe Massa
Teams Mercedes , McLaren