Canadian GP: McLaren Friday practice notes

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen finished today's practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix first, fourth and fifth fastest overall. Pedro set a time of 1:14.662, Juan Pablo did 1:15.679 and...

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Pedro de la Rosa, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen finished today's practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix first, fourth and fifth fastest overall. Pedro set a time of 1:14.662, Juan Pablo did 1:15.679 and Kimi 1:15.679 around the 4.361 KM Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"I'm quite pleased with today's practice. The car is behaving really well and it's looking pretty good. There is still some time to find in the last sector but we will work on that tomorrow morning. We have been evaluating our Michelin tyres and it's always difficult to make the decision as you have to look at both consistency and speed but we have some good data to work with."

"I think we have the pace to qualify well and finish on the podium. It's a lot hotter out there than normal here in Canada which makes the tyres work harder but that should hopefully be an advantage for us."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"We had a trouble free start to the weekend. I'm still not 100 percent happy with the set-up of the car but we can work on that tomorrow morning and I'm sure we will be strong again. It's still quite bumpy out there but grip wise everything is fine. We are aiming to qualify on the first row and do what we can to win so we look forward to the rest of the weekend."

Pedro de la Rosa:

"My main priority today was to evaluate the Michelin tyres to gather as much data as possible. As the track has been resurfaced since last year and it's a lot hotter than normal it's even more for us important to gather as much information as possible. The surface was constantly evolving which provides us with a real challenge. However I believe we have found a lot of useful data and hopefully Kimi and Juan Pablo should have a strong race weekend."

Ron Dennis:

"The circuit here in Montreal traditionally tests the limits of the car's braking system. As a result today carries with it not only the necessity to chose the optimum Michelin race tyre but also spend sufficient time with high fuel loads to verify the durability of the brakes. Bearing these issues in mind our performance so far is satisfactory with no problems incurred by either of the three drivers other than high levels of traffic throughout practice."

Norbert Haug:

"A good start to the weekend when the team went through the planned programme. Kimi, Juan Pablo and Pedro compared both types of Michelin tyres available and worked on set-ups for the race"

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-20 04
Juan Pablo Montoya: MP4-20 05
Pedro de la Rosa: MP4-20 03

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Mercedes , McLaren