Italian GP: McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza in fourth place. Team mate David Coulthard had to retire from fifth following a loss of fuel pressure. Kimi came in for his pit stops on laps 13 (9.4 seconds)...

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza in fourth place. Team mate David Coulthard had to retire from fifth following a loss of fuel pressure. Kimi came in for his pit stops on laps 13 (9.4 seconds) and 34 (9.5 seconds). David had his stops on laps 11 (10.3 seconds) and 32 (8.7 seconds). Kimi stays third in the Drivers' World Championship with 75 points whilst David remains seventh with 45. The West McLaren Mercedes team is third in the Constructors' battle with 120 points.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"I think we did what we could do today, but we were not quick enough to fight for the podium. I was close to Rubens but not enough to really have a go. Obviously I'm now seven points behind in the battle for the Championship, so it is more difficult, but you never know what will happen in the next two races. We knew that Monza would be difficult, and overall to leave with points is positive particularly as we expect both Indianapolis and Suzuka to suit us better, so it's not over yet."

David Coulthard:

"I had a pretty quiet and uneventful race in fifth place until the engine began to sound a bit rough and my pace dropped which allowed Marc Gene to close up. All of a sudden the engine stopped and that was it. I was struggling with the balance throughout the race with lots of oversteer which made it hard to attack the corners. We tried to rectify the problem by dropping some wing in the pitstops, but no luck."

Ron Dennis:

"Our race pace was quite competitive, but our qualifying positions and the inevitable delays caused by back-markers really took away any opportunity to take advantage of our race strategy. However there are 20 points to race for and we are only seven behind so clearly its possible to win. As always we will fight hard in the remaining two races."

Norbert Haug:

"More than fourth place was not possible today, maybe a third, but with a seven points deficit Kimi is still in with a chance for the Drivers' World Championship, and we certainly will not give up. I'm sorry for David who had to retire with a loss of fuel pressure -- the cause of which we have to investigate. Congratulations to Michael Schumacher on a deserved victory."

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

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Marc Gene , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren