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2005 Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix
What the teams and drivers said - Saturday

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Team and Driver Quotes following Saturday Qualifying

McLaren - Renault - Toyota - Williams - Sauber
Red Bull - Ferrari - BAR- Jordan - Minardi  

(selected team quotes, for a full team and driver report click on the team name)

McLaren Mercedes ( Kimi Raikkonen - 1st, Juan Pablo Montoya - 4th )

"We are obviously proud to be able to claim the first ever Formula One pole position in Turkey. Kimi did a good lap and considering that Juan Pablo had to set his time early in the session fourth place is a satisfactory outcome. It will be an interesting race tomorrow and we believe we have a strong package, which combined with what we hope to prove a winning strategy, will help to achieve the results we require at this stage of the Championship."

Full Team and Driver Qualifying Report  Back to Top

Renault ( Giancarlo Fisichella - 2nd, Fernando Alonso - 3rd )

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering
"To have both cars within the top three on the grid is a very pleasing team result. It was not easy to get the tyres working well over a single lap this afternoon, but both drivers did a very good job on their out-laps and got the most out of the car. Giancarlo was unfortunate to be delayed by Barrichello at the end of his lap, which certainly cost him a couple of tenths, while without a mistake after being caught out by the wind in sector 3, Fernando might have been on pole. But we have good grid positions, a good strategy: the stage is set for strong performances from both drivers."

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Toyota ( Jarno Trulli - 5th, Ralf Schumacher - 9th )

Dieter Gass - Chief Race Engineer
"I think we can be quite satisfied with our positions for tomorrow's race. This morning we struggled to get the tyres to work. It obviously went a bit better in the afternoon with the higher temperatures. But Jarno once again delivered for the team with a fine qualifying lap. It is a pity that Ralf had a small off in Turn Nine, otherwise we could have taken over the third row. But both drivers are still in a good position for a strong race performance tomorrow. They're both on the clean side of the grid, so our realistic target is two strong points finishes. It will be very difficult to fight for a podium but we will try anyway."

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Williams BMW ( Nick Heidfeld - 6th, Mark Webber - 7th )

Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1):
It was a good qualifying session for the team on this new circuit. It is such a great track, a real drivers� circuit, which is what we could see from the differences in qualifying. It is likely that we will see some good racing here tomorrow. We are okay on tyres, brakes and cooling.

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Sauber ( Felipe Massa - 8th, Jacques Villeneuve - 18th - No Time )

Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "Jacques was competitive in the first sector on his qualifying lap, but overall the grip level was poor this afternoon and unfortunately he spun in Turn 8. Felipe did a fine lap and given the poor track conditions was able to achieve a very good eighth place in difficult circumstances.
"As any new track, we have used our computer simulation programme to evaluate initial circuit characteristics and requirements; until track data became available from Friday practice sessions. The team has done a great job to find a well-balanced C24."

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Red Bull ( Christian Klien - 10th, David Coulthard - 12th )

Christian Horner, Sporting Director:
�Considering we went out first and second for today�s qualifying session, I think it�s a good result to have Christian in tenth and David in 12th. Both have good strategies in place for the race and, as we showed competitive pace in our longer runs this morning, I think we can look forward to an interesting afternoon tomorrow.�

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Ferrari ( Rubens Barrichello - 11th, Michael Schumacher - 20th - No Time )

Jean Todt: �We were ready for a difficult qualifying session, but the result was worse than we had expected. Michael spun in the second sector and did not complete his timed lap, while Rubens could do no better than eleventh. The main problem we have had this weekend is the one we have been carrying around since the start of the season, namely a considerable lack of grip, which makes itself most felt in qualifying. Given the situation, we will now change the engine in Michael�s car. We can expect a tough race tomorrow and in many ways it will be a step into the unknown, from reliability to tyre wear. Honestly, I think the most we can hope for is to get our cars home in the points.�

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BAR Honda ( Jenson Button - 13th, Takuma Sato - 14th )

"It is fair to say that we are disappointed with our qualifying result. Both drivers have been running very well throughout the weekend, always at the sharp end of the timesheets, so we were obviously hoping for good grid positions. Nevertheless, the fact that the cars have been running competitively still bodes well for the race tomorrow."

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Jordan ( Tiago Monteiro - 15th, Narain Karthikeyan - 19th - No Time )

�Tiago had a very good lap and we would like to congratulate him on his 15th position. Narain did not complete his flying lap due to the engine changes we had to do this morning. We opted to only do an installation lap and prepare everything for tomorrow�s Grand Prix. It is going to be an exciting race where anything could happen and hopefully, we will be there at the end to pick up whatever is on offer.�

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Minardi ( Christijan Albers - 16th, Robert Doornbos - 17th - No Time )

PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth
�It was an interesting start to qualifying, with Robert�s spectacular incident at the entrance to the pit lane. Sadly, a brake pressure problem had left him with no choice but to abort his flying lap. Christijan, on the other hand, with a substantial fuel load on board and what we believe is the correct choice of tyres for tomorrow�s race, put in a steady performance, and will benefit from the strategy as the event progresses. Throughout this morning�s practice sessions, everything went pretty much according to plan.�

Full Team and Driver Qualifying Report  Back to Top


Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager of Bridgestone Motorsport: �The track did gain a lot of dust this afternoon, hindering grip levels. Rubens gave it his best effort but Michael spun so he didn�t set a qualifying time. Narain Karthikeyan and Robert Doornbos didn�t experience the best of luck today either. All in all, this afternoon�s qualifying session did not go so well for the Bridgestone runners. Nevertheless, we are expecting the picture to be better tomorrow for our drivers in race trim because this track is tough on tyres and in the practice sessions we have been seeing consistent performances.�

Full Bridgestone Qualifying Report  Back to Top


Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director
�This has been enormously satisfying day for us, with all seven partner teams qualifying cars in the top 10, and I�m delighted with the way our tyres have performed on a track where we have never previously competed.�
�The race appears to be very delicately poised. The circuit is clearly very challenging, partly because the frequent elevation changes affect the load and the downforce levels and partly because we are using relatively stiff tyre constructions. As we have seen today, the slightest mistake can be very costly and tomorrow�s 58-lap race promises to be especially gruelling.�

Full Michelin Qualifying Report  Back to Top

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1st Friday Practice - 11:00ResultsReportNew Race
2nd Friday Practice - 14:00ResultsReport 
1st Saturday Practice - 9:00Results 
2nd Saturday Practice - 10:15ResultsReport 
Qualifying - 13:00ResultsReport 
Race - 15:00ResultsReport 

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