Montoya Upbeat after Practice

Juan Pablo Montoya believes his McLaren team have the pace to fight for victory at Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix

The British squad had a disappointing Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, with Montoya finishing in sixth place while teammate Kimi Raikkonen scored just one point with eighth position. McLaren, however, are tipped as one of the favorites this season, and both drivers showed good form in today's practice session.

"We have been working on the balance of the car trying different things to see what works for me, and we are going in the right direction," said Montoya. "It was quite slippery out there due to the heat, but I didn't experience any problems.

"We definitely have the pace and now we need to make it work when it matters, which is on Sunday. As always in Malaysia it's very hot in the car, but we are prepared for this."

Montoya was second quickest in the afternoon session while Raikkonen completed a strong day for McLaren by finishing in fourth.

"My car felt good and our Michelin tyres seem to be working and wearing well," Raikkonen said. "I didn't do as many laps as planned in the second session as I was a little too optimistic going into turn eight, spun into the gravel trap and was unable to continue.

"However we managed to get the car back to the garage and the guys did a great job to make sure that at least I got a run at the end."

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