German GP: McLaren Friday practice notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's second free practice session for the 2006 Mobil 1 German Grand Prix in fourth position after setting a best time of 1:17.040 over nine laps. Pedro de la Rosa was eighth with his fastest...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's second free practice session for the 2006 Mobil 1 German Grand Prix in fourth position after setting a best time of 1:17.040 over nine laps. Pedro de la Rosa was eighth with his fastest time of 1:17.516 having completed a total of 10 laps.

The morning session saw Kimi and Pedro complete an installation lap each with no times set for the team. The afternoon began in damp conditions with rain falling shortly before free practice started, however the track had dried sufficiently for the second half of the session.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"We completed our normal Friday programme, despite the earlier rain, working on Michelin tyre selection and race set-up. The car feels good and the tyres seem to be working well, so I am pleased."

Pedro de la Rosa:

"A positive beginning to the weekend. When it started to rain I was worried that we would not be able to do enough running on dry tyres, but with the track not really getting wet we were able to continue our programme, with some useful results. The car feels quick and we are satisfied with the times we set."

Ron Dennis:

"A trouble free but positive second practice session. We now look forward to the rest of the weekend."

Norbert Haug:

"A good start to the Mercedes-Benz home Grand Prix weekend. We have worked on our programme today during the second free practice session and completed our running as originally planned. Our work focused on optimizing the race set up."

Chassis allocation
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-21 05
Pedro de la Rosa: MP4-21 07
T-car (Kimi): MP4-21 04

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Kimi Raikkonen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren