Canadian GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix from third and seventh positions respectively. Kimi set a fastest lap time of 1:15.386 in the third part of qualifying whilst Juan...

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix from third and seventh positions respectively. Kimi set a fastest lap time of 1:15.386 in the third part of qualifying whilst Juan Pablo's time was 1:16.228.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"As the last couple of races have shown we are obviously going in the right direction with the car and I'm pleased to have qualified in third. The car felt fantastic this morning during practice, but we had to make some minor changes bearing the race in mind and I wasn't as comfortable during qualifying and was sliding a lot more. As a result third is very good and I'm confident that we should be able to leave Montreal with a strong result."

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"The first two parts of qualifying were very good for me. However I pushed a little bit too hard in the last run and made a mistake at the chicane which cost me a lot of time -- I think without this I probably would have been on the second row with Kimi. This is quite frustrating as overall my car was pretty good today. Anyway I'm relaxed and I will look at my options and see what happens to put myself in the best position during the race."

Ron Dennis:

"Our weekend so far has unfolded pretty much as expected. Slowly but surely the competitiveness of the team is improving. Whilst Juan Pablo's grid position could have been a little better, our race strategy should contribute to a strong result for both cars."

Norbert Haug:

"Our competitiveness looked a little better in the Free Practice sessions and after grid position three in Monaco and two at Silverstone we start from the second row again. It will be difficult to win but I think Kimi, Juan Pablo and their cars are strong enough to fight for podium finishes."

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-21 03
Juan Pablo Montoya: MP4-21 05
T-car (Kimi): MP4-21 04

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Mercedes , McLaren