Brazilian GP: McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from fourth position after setting a time of 1:13.565. Kimi Raikkonen had an eventful session as he had to abandon his first flying lap when...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from fourth position after setting a time of 1:13.565. Kimi Raikkonen had an eventful session as he had to abandon his first flying lap when his car developed a hydraulic problem. He moved into the T-car for a timed lap and then returned to his race car where the mechanics had rectified the problem. His fastest time of 1:13.595 puts him fifth on the grid for tomorrow's race.

DAVID COULTHARD

'At the moment today's positions are as good as we could have hoped for. I believe we will be faster in the race, as I was reasonably happy with the balance when we were running with heavy fuel loads during practice. As last year's Brazilian Grand Prix showed anything can happen.'

KIMI RAIKKONEN

'An eventful qualifying where I experienced some difficulties. I had to change from my race car to the T-car for one of my timed laps and back again which didn't make things easy. It's a pity because I think I could have achieved a better time. Under the circumstances I'm satisfied with the result and aim for a competitive race tomorrow.'

RON DENNIS (Team Principal)

'Between yesterday's practice and today's timed session the team has had an extraordinary workload coming from a variety of problems, which certainly created additional pressure going into qualifying. Therefore the grid positions and more importantly the small time difference to the front is encouraging. All in all a good effort by the entire team which hopefully will be reflected in tomorrow's race.'

NORBERT HAUG (Mercedes Motorsport Director)

'A good job from both David and Kimi and particularly the team which worked hard when Kimi had to change cars. This qualifying result puts us in a good position for the race.'


David Coulthard Chassis 02
Kimi Raikkonen Chassis 04
T-car (Kimi) Chassis 05

-mclaren-

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