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6-July: At the post Qualifying press conference for the British Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya indicated his surprise at grabbing Pole position as he didn't expect to make it on the front row and said "It was a big surprise to be honest. I really was expecting to get to the end of the second row. From what we saw in testing when we came here to test I managed to do about five laps in the dry so, I mean, I didn't have a clue about the balance of the car or anything and from then on we just made big changes to try to change a lot on the car. It was very understeery, and the last one, it was a bit oversteery in high speed but it goes quick. The balance was good but to be honest, I don't know where it came from. I don't mind!."
Montoya was happy with the modifications introduced here to the rear of the Williams and said "I think it's a lot more stable. We have got a new aero package and having that and putting the car on pole here I think it is great for the team and everybody back in the factory. It's like their home race and it is good to make it a good show."
As for the tyre situation, he said "It's been getting better. It has been getting a lot better. I don't think it's not at the height of the other tyre, but I think Michelin has done a fantastic job with the tyres here, you know, fourth pole and everything, but there is still got a long way to go."
Montoya isn't setting high expectations for the race and would be satisfied with some points and said "We have to wait and see. It's what the team always aims for, to be the quickest car and the fastest way to finish a race. We haven't tested so much on old tyres but we will do our best tomorrow. 
I would be happy to get to the end of the race and get some more points because I haven't got any points lately. Of course, I want to win the race but first you have got to finish."

Rubens Barrichello was reasonably happy with second and said "Well, there was a lot of smoke into Becketts and I didn't know what to expect so I had to back off. I kept on running and then I had a lot of traffic so I decided to abort it. I had quite a busy session because on the second run my forward seat belt came undone and I had to finish the lap but it was pretty much on the edge. But then I eventually had a fantastic third run which is my time and then I chose to have a fourth run, when I had a little bit of traffic. I don't know if I could have gone faster or not but there was big traffic. Juan Pablo got it together on the very last run, so it is a pity that we are not on the pole, but we are still up there."

Michael Schumacher indicated that they couldn't get the set-up right for the second and third sectors and said "I think I lost in the second and in the third sector both together. I don't know which one was the worst one. We didn't finally get the set-up 100 percent right to do these sectors. The first sector was always very good but we were struggling in the other sectors. The car wasn't balanced properly on the last run, so I had a couple of moments."
When asked how crucial it is to get Pole here at Silverstone, he said "It depends how the race goes. If you find a good strategy, if you're faster to get by - fine. If not, you're in trouble and you would have been better off on pole."
As for the race tomorrow, Michael hopes to do well and said "With these conditions, nobody has a clue where we are. We will find out tomorrow."

6-July: What the teams and drivers said following Qualifying at  Silverstone ... Report

6-July: The Quali-flyer looks at the 'Real Race' in Britain and hands the 'Also Ran' award to ?? ... Report

6-July: British GP Qualifying: Juan Pablo Montoya grabs his 4th Pole in a row ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher. Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

6-July: British GP 2nd Saturday Practice Session: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Michael Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya, David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

6-July: British GP 1st Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen. Heinz Harald Frentzen, Jacques Villeneuve and David Coulthard make the top 6 ... Timed Results  ... Report ... Notes

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