Raikkonen Pleased with Performance

Kimi Raikkonen claims that he and his McLaren team did the best job possible to salvage a decent lap in qualifying, as he grabbed fourth on the grid despite being the first man out in qualifying

Raikkonen Pleased with Performance

There had been fears that the dirty track conditions that greeted the Finn would have left him struggling to get inside the top 10 on the grid, but a sensational lap has put him well in contention for a victory on Sunday.

"Going out first in the session was making things obviously harder for me today," said Raikkonen. "The track conditions constantly improved during the session, and I suffered as the level of grip was not at its best, and it was really slippery.

"However, I feel that I pushed as hard as I could to make up any deficit. I am happy with my lap and under the circumstances I feel that we have done the best job that we could expect. It is now very important for me to get a good start."

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is bullish about the chances of Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya in Sunday's race.

"We are strong and we have to see how the race unfolds, but I think we will be very, very strong tomorrow," he said.

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