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Monaco Free Practice notes - McLaren

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19/05/2005

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Alex Wurz, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen emerged second, fifth and sixth fastest from today's practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix. Alex did a time of 1:15.912, Juan Pablo did 1:16.534 whilst Kimi's fastest time was 1:16.558.

Juan Pablo Montoya: "A positive start to the weekend. The car felt pretty good straight away and we just kept working on the set-up, so I'm pretty happy. The key to doing well here in Monaco is finding a strong set-up, and we are definitely going in the right direction. It will be a tough and interesting race, and I think we are in with a good chance."

Kimi Raikkonen: "The first session today was a little difficult as I got stuck in traffic several times and could not do a real good lap. However during the second practice session we completed some longer runs and collected a lot of data concerning set-up and tyre choice which should help us to be competitive. It is always fun to drive on this challenging circuit, so I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Alex Wurz: "I'm very happy with the outcome of today's programme. The continuously changing track conditions during the weekend will not make it easy to work out the right set-up. However I think our race package is good, and we should be able to attack on this difficult circuit and I expect a thrilling race."

Ron Dennis: "Two trouble free practice sessions for all three drivers with the emphasis on race set-up and Michelin tyre choice. We are comfortable with our performance and look forward to Saturday's qualifying session."

Norbert Haug: "A good first practice day. We have learnt a lot and our speed looks OK. We mainly focused on race simulations and set up work as well as Michelin tyre choice."

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