Japan Preview Quotes: McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen: "We will give it our all to win the Constructors' World Championship by aiming to score the best possible results in Japan and China, and I think we have the package to achieve this. Juan Pablo and I had a good battle in Brazil and I am looking forward to continuing it this weekend! The Drivers' title fight is over for this year and now we want to win the Constructors'. Suzuka is a great track; it is fun to drive and really allows you to push the limits. 130R corner was modified before last year's race, but it is still a good challenge. It is quite difficult to overtake here though. There are tight hairpins, sweeping corners and long straights, so set-up is a compromise, mainly with the slower sections to ensure we can be flat out through the esses, which is key for a quick lap time. It is a low grip track though, so we do need quite a bit of downforce to handle this."

Japan Preview Quotes: McLaren

Juan Pablo Montoya: "With two races remaining, myself and Kimi need to take as many points away as possible from both Grands Prix to clinch the Constructors' World Championship. The car felt really quick in Brazil and there are some modifications coming on board after the recent tests, so we need to maximise this on track. All the different sections of Suzuka have their own unique characteristics. You know you have to be smooth with good balance and power through the esses, traction and braking stability for the chicane and high downforce at Spoon and 130R. So we need a compromise and we have a medium downforce set-up. As with Brazil, the fans in Japan are crazy about Formula One; they are always so excited, which is great fun."

Pedro de la Rosa: "Suzuka is my favourite track by far and I would say it is like my second Home GP as I raced in Japan for three years before Formula One. The Suzuka Circuit is long, fast and has many types of corners to both sides, right and left, which makes it very demanding for the driver and for the tyres. I expect our package to be very competitive at this very special track, where I will focus as always on tyre selection with Michelin."

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One: "We have some developments coming onto MP4-20 for Japan and China and we are continuing to push hard. Wed have a fast car and a strong team and we want to finish the season with a title that befits our current performance. Following the typhoon that was forecast last year, everyone is hoping for a less eventful Grand Prix weather wise! Suzuka is a technical track with characteristics similar to Spa, for example the elevation changes. There is an abrasive track surface, so it can be fairly tough on tyres and as a result we will be selecting from the mid-hard compound Michelin range."

Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Suzuka is the second longest circuit on the calendar after Spa-Francorchamps. The first sector with the uphill Esses is a unique challenge and also the rest of the track requires excellent driving skills and a good handling car. Suzuka really shows the strengths and weaknesses of each driver/car combination like probably no other circuit. We have achieved 11 podium finishes at Suzuka in the 10 years we have been working together with McLaren. Everybody in the team is working very hard in order to continue our trend of the last five races."

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