Kimi Raikkonen was delighted to seal his second successive pole position during a close-fought second qualifying session in Barcelona, but re-issued the warning he made before the start of the last round.

Having secured top spot in San Marino, the Finn was careful to suggest that pole position was only half the job he needed to do - and so it proved, as his McLaren crawled into the pits at the end of lap nine. Having knocked Spanish hero Fernando Alonso back to row two at the Circuit de Catalunya, Raikkonen was bullish about his chances, if still wary of what might lie ahead.

"I'm pleased to be on pole position, but there is still a race to go," he warned, "Today's lap was pretty good, and my aggregate time would have been even better if I hadn't made the mistake in yesterday's qualifying, but our package is obviously working well and, if everything comes together, I think we are in with a chance of winning the race."

"A perfect lap from Kimi saw him achieving pole position and I'm particularly pleased with the gap to Alonso and the Toyotas," commented team boss Ron Dennis, who was confident that his man had more fuel on board than fellow front row starter Mark Webber, "We are now expecting a strong race - where we want to challenge for the victory."

Juan Montoya bounced back from his Friday practice shunt, and lowly Saturday qualifying position, to move five places up the grid order with a solid lap that again showed no ill-effects for his injured shoulder.

"It was a good lap and I have already gained quite a few places, which is positive," the Colombian said, having moved in front of Ferrari rival Michael Schumacher, "I think it will be a great race as the car is working really well."

 

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