Brazil Preview Quotes: McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen: "With only three races remaining nothing but another win will do for me in Brazil this weekend. I will be pushing hard to get maximum points for both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. Qualifying at the front will be important, as there is a slope that gets steeper the further down the grid you are, which can make your start slower. There are chances to overtake at Interlagos so we often see exciting racing here, the main one is under braking into the first corner. The track surface is very bumpy, which can cause major vibrations, so you need to be 100% focused at all times as they can jar the car, and you mustn't be caught out by it. Braking stability is key, as you have to brake at the same time as turning in going into most of the corners, and this is one of the many things MP4-20 handles well."

Juan Pablo Montoya: "Interlagos is a challenging track, that demands high grip, with lots of different features, including the long, fast straights and the twisty infield. The atmosphere is always amazing, the passion of the Paulistas is what motor sport is about, and the queues to get into the track every morning are just crazy. Also, the race is close to home so family and friends tend to come and watch and I hope we can put on an entertaining race for them. Interlagos is the third anti-clockwise circuit we race on, in addition to Imola and Turkey, and this does put different pressures on our bodies, specifically the neck area. However we prepare for this with our trainers so it is not a big deal. Myself and Kimi had a great battle here last year and hopefully we can dominate again this weekend by taking 18 points away from Brazil, which is what we need for the Championship battle."

Alex Wurz: "We had a positive test in Silverstone last week, where I was joined by Pedro. Work was focused on tyre selection for the Japanese Grand Prix, as we had already completed our pre-race programme with Michelin for Brazil. We will focus on completing the set-up and Michelin selection programme during Friday's sessions. The set-up will of course need to allow for the bumpy surface, although the ride heights will be raised slightly, we still need to keep them low to ensure we have the speed and handling required for the Interlagos track."

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One: "Our main aim at Team McLaren Mercedes is to leave the Brazilian Grand Prix having secured a one-two podium finish, and we know we have the performance to achieve this. The current strength of the Team McLaren Mercedes package is a testament to the work that has been taking place all year in Woking, Brixworth, Stuttgart and on the test track, and we need to take this and optimise our position in the fight for both Championships. We came so close to taking the lead in the Constructors' at Spa, however were hampered by matters out of our control, however we are looking to make amends in Brazil. 2005 is the first time the race has been held in September. As a result, the weather we can expect this year is typically cool (18 - 23 degC) and potentially wet. With the expected weather, we have been studying tyres with Michelin that will give good performance in the expected cooler conditions.

Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "The Interlagos circuit saw the track debut of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership 10 years ago. Since then we have won three times and everybody in the team has worked hard in order to obtain another victory on this demanding circuit. The track is a physical challenge for the drivers, as it is one out of only three anti- clockwise circuits after Imola and Istanbul. This places different physical pressures on the drivers, as the forces in the corners are on the opposite muscles. As for the racetrack, the bumpy surface causes major vibrations in the car and also influences the set-up, as the team needs to ensure it rides well over the bumps and it has high levels of grip. Our aim is to maintain the momentum from the last four races which we have won, in order to finish the season with the maximum possible points in both Championships. We will see whether we can score enough to be at the top of the rankings at the season's end."

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