Toyota's Ricardo Zonta may have set the pace at the end of day one of the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix, but the team award clearly went to McLaren-Mercedes with their three drivers - Pedrosa de la Rose, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen - second, third and fourth respectively.

Afterwards, the impressive performance was attributed to extensive 'homework' completed back at McLaren HQ before the event - while Michelin were also praised for bringing rubber well suited to the newly laid asphalt.

"The guys back at base have done a lot of work preparing for this weekend and as a result we seem to have arrived with a good basis," said Raikkonen. "It's still possible to improve the balance even more but so far so good."

"It seems like the new track is pretty good, and they have done a very good job in creating such a venue," added team-mate Montoya. "Michelin have brought a very good and consistent tyre for this event which is a definite advantage for us."

"The work we have done back home preparing for this track has allowed us to arrive well prepared," confirmed team principal Ron Dennis.

 

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