Austrian GP: McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Austrian Grand Prix in sixth place. Kimi Raikkonen retired on lap six with an engine failure, the cause of which is being investigated. David had his one pitstop on lap 28...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Austrian Grand Prix in sixth place. Kimi Raikkonen retired on lap six with an engine failure, the cause of which is being investigated. David had his one pitstop on lap 28 and it lasted 8.2 seconds. The West McLaren Mercedes team is third in the Constructors' World Championship with 14 points. David is fifth and Kimi is eighth in the Drivers' Championship with 10 and four points respectively.

DAVID COULTHARD

"I had an interesting race with lots of action right from the start where I managed to pass both Massa and Kimi. It was then fairly quiet until the safety car came out following Panis' incident. I saw the accident involving Nick Heidfeld and Sato as Nick and me were side by side going into the braking zone quite hard. It's absolutely critical to get your braking right after you have been behind the safety car for so long. I'm really relieved that both Nick and Sato are OK. I then had a good battle with Fisichella but he slipped by me when I ran wide because of oil left on the track. I was able to keep up with Fisichella but couldn't get by."

KIMI RAIKKONEN

"I don't know what caused it, but the engine just lost all the revs. Obviously it's frustrating that I was unable to finish the race but I know the team has been and will continue to work very hard."

RON DENNIS

"The level of our competitiveness should have given us no more that fifth and sixth assuming both Ferraris and both Williams finished. The lack of an oil flag following another car's engine failure left David with no warning and his subsequent off track excursion allowed Fisichella to pass going into the chicane. Another disappointing and short race for Kimi. We know what we have to do to improve our performance, it will take time to achieve it, but we haven't forgotten how to win."

NORBERT HAUG

"Our performance today was disappointing. The reason for Kimi's engine failure has to be investigated. We have to work hard to get both performance and reliability."


David Coulthard: Chassis 03
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 04
T-car (Kimi): Chassis 06

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren , Williams