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Germany Preview Quotes: McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen: "The battle for the Championship is still on and I am determined to get a good result and work on closing the gap at the 2005 Mobil 1 German Grand Prix. The MP4-20 has a good speed and we need to make the most of it this weekend

"Hockenheim is a high downforce track, but you do need to compromise set-up to have a fast top speed. This is very important for the main place where you can pass, along the long straight from turn two down to the wide hairpin at three. This also means we need good braking stability. As with Silverstone it is always great to race in front of our home fans, at the atmosphere at the Mercedes-Benz grandstand is always really enthusiastic, hopefully we will put on a good show for them this year! It will give it my all to please the many Mercedes employees and fans."

Juan Pablo Montoya: "Following my debut win with Team McLaren Mercedes at Silverstone, I am really looking forward to racing again this weekend in Germany, the home Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz. I enjoy racing at Hockenheim, I have performed well here and won in the past and I am aiming for a strong result like at Silverstone. Traction is vital at Hockenheim, as the circuit is formed of slow and medium fast corners and you need to get good exits to have the speed in between. As a result there are also heavy braking zones, and this combined with the high temperatures we usually get in Germany, means you will see cars running with larger than normal brake ducts."

Alex Wurz: "We had a three day test session in Jerez last week in preparation for the Mobil 1 German Grand Prix. Alongside Juan Pablo and Pedro we completed over 2200.75 kms in total and work concentrated on Michelin tyre testing and suspension and aerodynamic development.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One: "Following the positive race at Silverstone, we are all pleased that Juan Pablo has taken his first victory for the team and we will continue pushing hard to develop the performance demonstrated by the team as a whole. This push will also see an extra focus on reliability to ensure we can maximise the potential we have over the next eight races. MP4-20 has driven well at circuits that share some characteristics with Hockenheim, such as Monaco and Canada. We are confident in the competitiveness of the MP4-20 and this race will continue the exciting battle for both Championships."

Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Following the British Grand Prix we completed extensive tests at Jerez and further optimised chassis and engine. We had an engine failure; however, two engines ran without problems for 1200 and 1400 kilometres respectively.

"We are all working hard for the cars' speed and reliability to provide Kimi and Juan Pablo with conditions for best possible results. Understandably, the most frequently asked question for us is, if Kimi will be able to reduce the gap behind Fernando Alonso or to pass him. The answer is - we don't know, but we will fight for it as hard as we can. Kimi and the team scored more points since our first win of the year at Barcelona than the opposition, which is positive, although unfortunately we missed opportunities for victories and 1-2 wins."

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