McNish disappointed but beats Salo

For the first time in his F1 career Allan McNish out-qualified his Toyota team-mate Mika Salo, but this was cold comfort to the Scot who felt the TF102 had greater potential than the 17th on the grid he achieved

McNish disappointed but beats Salo

"We didn't modify the car very much from this morning's session, but we lost consistency, especially at the end of the lap," he said. "That meant that although I gained time in the first two sectors, it was difficult to maintain that level through to the end. I'm slightly disappointed with the starting position but the midfield was very close."

Salo had been in the top 10 during the morning's final free practice session, but was unable to set a time within half a second of his weekend's best in the warmer qualifying hour. That meant he was back in 19th, although he was only just over a second slower than Kimi Raikkonen in fifth.

"That was the most disappointing qualifying session this season," he lamented. "We had a really well-balanced and well-handling car this morning, but the track conditions changed so much over the lunch break we lost balance in the car. We quite simply did not have enough grip and we suffered from understeer. We tried to fix the problem in the session, but we couldn't manage in time."

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