RÃ„IKKÃ–NEN SECURES SECOND STRAIGHT POLE FOR MICHELIN Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen (Team McLaren Mercedes/Michelin) has qualified on pole position for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix - the Finn's second such success in successive Saturdays. He lapped the ...
RÄIKKÖNEN SECURES SECOND STRAIGHT POLE FOR MICHELIN
Kimi Räikkönen (Team McLaren Mercedes/Michelin) has qualified on pole position for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix - the Finn's second such success in successive Saturdays. He lapped the Hungaroring in 1m 19.599s to pip his closest rival by 0.287s.
Räikkönen is one of six Michelin drivers from four partner teams in the top 10. Rubens Barrichello will line up third - equalling his best qualifying performance for Honda - ahead of Pedro de la Rosa (Team McLaren Mercedes, fourth), Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault, seventh), newcomer Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1 Team, ninth) and Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber F1 Team, 10th).
Jenson Button (Honda) was fourth fastest, but has lost 10 grid positions in the wake of an unscheduled engine change.
Nick Shorrock, Michelin Formula One director:
"Temperatures remain much lower than those for which we had prepared, so all our partner teams have analysed yesterday's data very carefully to get the best from their car-tyre packages in the prevailing conditions. They also completed some further comparison runs this morning before making their selections. The upshot is that we have a variety of different products on the grid - the broadest range we have seen all season.
"I'd like to compliment Kimi on his second consecutive pole- that was a tremendous lap. I'd also like to pay tribute to Robert Kubica for making the top 10 qualifying shoot-out on his Formula One race debut."
"Although conditions remain cool, the ambient temperature rose by fewdegrees today and that improved grip levels. If it increases by a similar amount tomorrow, which is feasible, our tyres should edge into their operating range. If it doesn't, our partner teams and engineers have done a marvellous job to achieve a strong, workable compromise."
Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One, Team McLaren Mercedes:
"We are delighted to be on pole position - this is one of the tracks at which it's a crucial advantage. Our Michelin tyres proved to be very consistent over a single flying lap and we're confident that they will provide consistent performance over a race stint. We are in a very good position, with both our cars in the top four, and I think we have a good strategy. I feel very confident about both our car and our tyres."