European GP McLaren Free Practice recap

The West McLaren Mercedes team topped the time sheets after today's Free Practice for the Warsteiner European Grand Prix. Mika Hakkinen was fastest with a time of 1:16.408 and completed 40 laps and David Coulthard set a best time of 1:16.579...

The West McLaren Mercedes team topped the time sheets after today's Free Practice for the Warsteiner European Grand Prix. Mika Hakkinen was fastest with a time of 1:16.408 and completed 40 laps and David Coulthard set a best time of 1:16.579 during his 38 laps.

MIKA HAKKINEN
'I'm very pleased with our performance today and its good to be quick. Everything we tested at Silverstone last week worked well. Today we worked on different configurations and tyres and I'm confident for the weekend.'

DAVID COULTHARD
'A usual Friday where you can't put too much into the times as today is only part of the weekend. We worked with our programme to get the most out of the car. I have a bit of oversteer at the chicane and into the last corner which gives some problems finishing the lap, but overall I'm pleased.'

RON DENNIS
'Two trouble-free sessions with both drivers re-evaluating some of the work conducted at Silverstone last week. We will work hard to keep the positive momentum going throughout the weekend.'

NORBERT HAUG
'A good start for the weekend at our home Grand Prix. The team has found a good basis for Sunday's race.'

- McLaren

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren