Coulthard critical of qualifying

Coulthard critical of qualifying

David Coulthard is still not happy about the one flying lap qualifying system and thinks it doesn't show McLaren's potential. In Austria this weekend the team is looking to make up for its double disaster in Spain where neither Coulthard or Kimi...

David Coulthard is still not happy about the one flying lap qualifying system and thinks it doesn't show McLaren's potential. In Austria this weekend the team is looking to make up for its double disaster in Spain where neither Coulthard or Kimi Raikkonen finished the race. Raikkonen and McLaren currently lead the Driver's and Constructors' standings but Ferrari is closing the gap.

Interview for David Coulthard.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"The reality is that we're leading both championships," said Coulthard. "It's not all doom and gloom. But single-lap qualifying isn't showing our true performance and people haven't had the opportunity in the last two races to really see that."

The Scot compared qualifying to British football, saying the bigger teams were at a disadvantage with the new system: "I know I like my allegories," he commented. "But this is a bit like a new team coming into the Premiership and getting bigger goals to help them and Manchester United getting smaller ones. We should all be out there at the same time, looking for the best conditions."

Coulthard expects Ferrari to be a problem in Austria but hopes for himself to keep out of trouble -- in Spain the Scot tangled first with Jarno Trulli and then Jenson Button which finished his race.

"Ferrari are going to be very strong," he said. "A lot of it depends on the compromise to the first pit stop -- fuel level versus grid position, not getting caught in traffic, hopefully being reliable and keeping out of trouble."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren