Italian GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza from pole position. In a thrilling third qualifying session he set a time of 1:21.484 and edged out Michael Schumacher's Ferrari by two thousands of a ...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza from pole position. In a thrilling third qualifying session he set a time of 1:21.484 and edged out Michael Schumacher's Ferrari by two thousands of a second. It's the third pole position of the season for both Team McLaren Mercedes and the Finn. It's Kimi's 11th career pole. Team mate Pedro de la Rosa qualified eighth fastest with a 1:22.280.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"A good weekend for us so far. I'm pleased to be on pole position, and it wasn't even a particularly good lap as I had two big moments in Ascari. I was not here at the test last week, but the team, Pedro and Gary did a fantastic job, and we have a very good tyre from Michelin."

"The race tomorrow will be tough, but we will certainly give it our best shot. I'm confident that Michelin is well prepared for the race. The car has been working well, and I want to remain at the front and look forward to achieving that."

Pedro de la Rosa:

"A very good qualifying for Kimi, the team and me. I was lucky not to have any traffic in my runs and I'm relieved as I just made it into the final session on my last run, and it was a bit too close for comfort. The balance of the car was excellent even with the lower downforce configuration that we ran today. I'm looking forward to a strong race tomorrow."

Ron Dennis:

"A strong performance by Kimi and the team. I'm pleased with the progress we have made since the test last week and continued throughout the weekend. We will see what happens in the race tomorrow but are confident that both Kimi and Pedro's race strategies will help to deliver a positive result."

Norbert Haug:

"A good pole position lap of Kimi's even if it's only two thousandths of a second to the second placed Ferrari of Michael Schumacher. This is the perfect basis for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix. This is Kimi's third pole in the last four races, and ideally we want to achieve the same result tomorrow. Pedro did a good job, he has to run the second race with his engine which is always a small handicap for any driver."

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

-credit: mclaren

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Michael Schumacher , Kimi Raikkonen , Norbert Haug
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren