Lewis, you were quickest in all three sessions in qualifying. It has been a great Saturday for you.
Lewis Hamilton: It has been a fantastic Saturday for me. I have felt comfortable since yesterday in the car. I think this morning was tricky for everyone as the track was very slippery but I remained positive and just said ‘the car is fine, so we will leave it the same.' I got to qualifying and I felt at home. The team did a great job to get me out in the early stages of each qualifying session and at the end I had two laps to really pull out a lap. The first one was a shocker. I lost time and nearly went wide into turn one, so I had to make sure the last lap was good and similar to last year. It felt just as good as last year's.
You have your friend Robert Kubica alongside you on the front row as in Australia. Did you know going into that last lap that he was in fact on pole at that moment?
LH: I didn't. When I had just begun the lap the guys told me that I was still P1 but I had the feeling that Kimi was hunting me down and I had a feeling that he would have perhaps beaten my time, so I knew I had to stick it out there and make sure I got a really good lap and I think I found six or seventh tenths on that lap, so I was quite happy with it.
It was difficult conditions with the track starting to break up and a difficult choice between the two Bridgestone tyres.
LH: For me the choice was not very difficult. I made the choice before I even went into qualifying. I said this is going to be the tyre and we will try and get it right now. The track is breaking up at a couple of corners, turn two, the exit of turn seven where you saw Mark Webber go off and also the apex and exit of turn 10. There is loads of debris there, the road is just coming up, and I had to try and get around that and try and stick it out there as that is where everybody was losing their time. I think on the last lap I found a solution to it perhaps and managed to find a bit of time.
Was that as good a lap as you could have done around here even if the track was perfect?
LH: No, definitely not. For me I thought it was quite a clean lap but I definitely lost time in turn 10 as I said but I think everyone was in the same boat. I wasn't able to carry as much speed through there and get on the power as early but I think I did the best job I could with it but for sure we were losing maybe two or three tenths through the exit of that corner perhaps.
Robert, a phenomenal lap time from you as well and on the harder of the two Bridgestones. You were very quick at the end of Q3 there.
Robert Kubica: Yes, as you could see it has been a very difficult qualifying with a track which is breaking down at a couple of corners. It is very easy to make mistakes and not carry so much speed. It has not been easy and we are very happy for second place, but it will be a difficult race as the track already in qualifying is breaking down. It will be very difficult and as soon as you miss the apex by 10 or 20cms you go on the marbles and then you just don't turn. It is very slippery and it is very easy to make a mistake, so we will have to watch out.
Canada requires a very different aerodynamic configuration compared with the circuits you have been on recently. But BMW Sauber is consolidating their position right up there in the top three.
RK: Yeah, I mean is it a very good season for us. I think, unfortunately, that the gap is a bit bigger than the first three races of this season. Here, in Monaco and in Turkey we were a bit off the McLaren and Ferrari pace but we have to see what will be the strategy tomorrow and also in Q1 and Q2 we were just right behind the Ferrari and McLaren cars, so it will be, as I said, a difficult race but we will try our best.
Kimi, quicker of the two Ferrari drivers. You are always in the points here in Canada but it looked like sector three is always a difficult one for Ferrari. The top speed is not quite there relative to McLaren Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen: The car has been good all weekend. Even this morning it was very good and then going into qualifying it is quite a joke with the circuit. It is always the same thing, the circuit breaks down and you miss the corner because there is so much sand. I lost so much time in corner 10 as I couldn't get around as the car just went straight and didn't give any traction. I am a bit disappointed on that because we had a car that could fight for pole position and we will see tomorrow how it is going to be in the race and whether it is going to be a nightmare when we do 70 laps and it breaks up after two laps. It is going to be quite interesting.
It is not the first time we have had problems like this in Canada. And yesterday was a difficult day to make any sort of judgement because of the weather. Can you just talk us through this morning about any signs that were there and precisely how is the track breaking up. Is it on the apex? Is the biggest problem on the edge of the racing line?
KR: I have had a very good car all weekend like I said and this morning also. Then suddenly because the weather heated up a little bit and the circuit didn't last. The problem is the black patches. They have redone it every year and every year at the same places it breaks down and people go off because of that. Like I say, it is going to be quite an interesting race, difficult, so I will just try to stay on the circuit.