Hungarian GP: McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second in today's Hungarian Grand Prix.Team mate David Coulthard took the chequered flag in fifth position. Kimi had his pitstops on laps 15 (7.6 seconds), 33 (7.2 seconds) and 51 (8.2 seconds).

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second in today's Hungarian Grand Prix.Team mate David Coulthard took the chequered flag in fifth position. Kimi had his pitstops on laps 15 (7.6 seconds), 33 (7.2 seconds) and 51 (8.2 seconds). David made his stops on lap 18 (10 seconds) and 43 (10.5 seconds). Kimi is third in the Championship with 70 points only one point from Juan Pablo Montoya who is one point behind Michael Schumacher. David is seventh with 45 points. The West McLaren Mercedes team is third in the Constructors' standings with 115 points.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"I'm very happy with today's result as we have closed the gap in the World Championship significantly. At the start I initially tried to go on the outside of Rubens, but he closed the gap, so I went on the inside and managed to gain three places, and after the first couple of laps I was third. I lost quite a lot time stuck behind Webber which allowed Alonso to open up a gap and after that there was nothing I could do. The car was the best it's been all weekend and everybody in the team has been working very hard. I'm looking forward to the last three races, and I know we will give it 100 percent and I can't wait."

David Coulthard:

"An excellent result for the team, a reasonable outcome for me and the Championship has once again been thrown wide open. The two stop strategy was the right one taking into consideration my ninth place on the starting grid, and it allowed me to gain positions during the race when our car usually performs better than in qualifying. I made a good start and was able to gain three places. Apart from that, the 70 laps were rather uneventful and were all about keeping the guys with less fuel behind me."

Ron Dennis:

"A great team performance. A good drive from both Kimi and David and a well executed strategy complimented by excellent tyres from Michelin. That said, we didn't win and that is certainly what we will be trying to do in the last three races."

Norbert Haug:

"A first class race in which we finished ahead of our main championship title contenders. A super job by Kimi and David who made the best from his grid position -- three title candidates within three points before the remaining three races are a guarantee for a great end to the season. Compliments to our tyre partner Michelin who have done a great job so far, and we as a team will certainly do everything to further improve our common performance."

David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (Kimi): MP4-17D 07
Spare: MP4-17D 06

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Mercedes , McLaren