European GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from the second row. His time of 1:29.137 put him fourth -- the Finn's highest qualifying position so far this season. An afternoon of mixed fortunes for the...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from the second row. His time of 1:29.137 put him fourth -- the Finn's highest qualifying position so far this season. An afternoon of mixed fortunes for the Team McLaren Mercedes team saw David Coulthard suffering from an engine failure on his in-lap after setting the fourth fastest time in the first qualifying session.

The decision was taken that for David to have the best chance in the race he would not use the T-car for his race qualifying run but change the engine on his racecar. As a result he will start tomorrow's 60 lap race from the back of the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"Our best qualifying performance this season, so I'm satisfied. We were even hoping to get in the first three with a perfect lap, but whilst we were close it wasn't to be. Now one half of the job has been done, and we need to see what happens in the race, but so far it's looking good. The circuit seems to suit our car as we have showed improvement throughout the weekend, but there is still a race to complete."

David Coulthard:

"On my way back to the garage after my first qualifying run, I suffered an engine failure. We took the decision to stick with my race car rather than using the T-car because we felt more comfortable using the race car, and the difference in actual qualifying position would be minimal. As a result we will move the engine from the T-car to the race car, which means I will start from the back of the grid. There is no doubt that our performance is improving. Obviously its disappointing as my first run was encouraging, and I think we could have qualified well for the race."

Ron Dennis:

"We have been going well so far here at the Nürburgring, so David's engine failure was disappointing as I believe we had the package to have two cars in the top six. Our race strategy should allow both Kimi and David to perform strongly. The team's performance is improving step by step, and we remain focused and committed to continue to enhance our competitiveness. "

Kimi Raikkonen:

"A good performance by Kimi and the entire team with fourth place and a starting position on the second row. Sorry for David following his engine change he must start from the last row. Our performance is slowly moving forward, but the reliability has to be further improved."

David Coulthard: MP4-19 05
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-19 04
T-car (David): MP4-19 01

-mclaren-

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