Turkish GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1:26.797 in Saturday's qualifying session. This was Kimi's eighth career pole position and his fifth of the...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1:26.797 in Saturday's qualifying session. This was Kimi's eighth career pole position and his fifth of the 2005 season.

Team mate Juan Pablo Montoya's lap time of 1:27.352, which was set early on in the qualifying session, means he will start from fourth position on the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"I'm pleased to claim the first pole position for Formula 1 in Turkey. The lap was good but not perfect, and I lost a little bit of time in the last sector, but I knew I had some time in hand. We had made some changes to the car overnight and everything worked really well during practice this morning, so we knew we would have a strong chance for pole if everything went well."

"The circuit is great -- it's so different from many of the others -- especially with the ups and downs. It will be a tough race tomorrow, but I am really looking forward to it. We have a lot to fight for and hopefully we will be able to get the results we need and also put on a good show for the many Turkish spectators who will experience Formula 1 live for the first time."

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"My qualifying lap was OK, but I know my time would have been so much better if I had done it later in the session. The car is working well and I have been strong in all sessions so far this weekend. The track is great and good fun to drive particularly when you have a competitive package and everything just comes together. There is no reason why I can't be strong in the race."

Ron Dennis:

"We are obviously proud to be able to claim the first ever Formula One pole position in Turkey. Kimi did a good lap and considering that Juan Pablo had to set his time early in the session fourth place is a satisfactory outcome. It will be an interesting race tomorrow and we believe we have a strong package, which combined with what we hope to prove a winning strategy, will help to achieve the results we require at this stage of the Championship."

Norbert Haug:

"A great qualifying result with Kimi's pole position and a good job from Juan Pablo with fourth place on the grid who had to do his qualifying lap in the early stages of today's session when track conditions were still bad. Kimi and his team did a perfect job claiming their fifth pole position this season on this new race track which is very challenging in terms of chassis, engine, tyres and drivers."

"Our basis for the race and the strategy should be good. Hopefully Kimi will use the advantage of his pole position perfectly as the first corner will be crucial as you can't see the entrance approaching it. The session was quite turbulent and proved how demanding the layout of the Istanbul racepark is."

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-20 04
Juan Pablo Montoya: MP4-20 07
T-car (Kimi): MP4-20 05

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Mercedes , McLaren