Canada Saturday notes - McLaren


Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix from fifth and seventh places respectively after setting times of 1:15.669 and 1:15.923 in today's qualifying session.

Juan Pablo Montoya: "I'm quite pleased with my lap and I'm sure that we will have a good race as the strategy should be strong. The aim is to have a nice, quiet and uneventful grand prix and get on the podium. I have been unlucky this year so far and everybody has been working so hard that I just really want it to happen tomorrow as reward for all their efforts. "

Kimi Raikkonen: "Of course I would have liked a better grid position, but we have a strong race strategy which will give us every opportunity to get a good result. My battle is with Alonso, so we need to make sure we finish in front of him tomorrow and hopefully our strategy should allow us to do this. Unlike this morning, I struggled to get my tyres fully operational during my flying lap but our package has been working well so far this weekend so I'm reasonably optimistic."

Ron Dennis: "Clearly a mixed grid reflecting the various strategies adopted by our competition. As shown in previous races both drivers normally make excellent starts and if we avoid any first lap incidents we should be in a position to have a strong race."

Norbert Haug "Today's qualifying result is a good basis for our race tomorrow. Our strategy is good and our speed was there throughout both practice days."

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Published: 11/06/2005
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