Malaysian GP: McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Malaysian Grand Prix in sixth position. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen retired from fourth place on lap 40 with a transmission problem. The 56-lap race around the Sepang track took place in...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Malaysian Grand Prix in sixth position. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen retired from fourth place on lap 40 with a transmission problem. The 56-lap race around the Sepang track took place in hot and humid conditions with ambient temperatures reaching a high of 36 degrees.

Both drivers were on a three stop strategy. David had his pitstops on laps 9 (6.93 seconds), 24 (7.27 seconds) and 38 (9.4 seconds). Kimi stopped on laps 10 (7.25 seconds), 25 (9.15 seconds) and 40 (8.57 seconds). David is eighth in the Drivers World Championship with four points whilst Kimi is still to score. West McLaren Mercedes is fifth in the Constructors Championship with four points.

David Coulthard:

"We can take some satisfaction from the fact that we have improved our package since Melbourne, but we still have some way to go. I made a good start, gained a few places and got involved in some quite exciting battles. I found it difficult to hold the car in the fast corners and at one point had a bit of a moment where I very nearly lost it but managed to stay on track, however I lost a few seconds in the process. Sixth place is not brilliant, but at least we have improved and I know that everybody in the entire team will continue to work hard until we are where we want to be which is at the front."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"It's never nice not to finish a race, not only for me but also for the team. However, whilst we need to become even more competitive at least we have taken a step in the right direction, and I know everybody will continue their efforts to improve even further. We were close to getting on the podium today, but in my second pitstop we struggled to get the fuel nozzle to come off, so we lost important time to BAR and Jenson could take third. A few laps later something broke in my transmission, and that was the end of that. I'm now hoping that we can take another step in time for the next race in Bahrain."

Ron Dennis:

"Despite Kimi's transmission failure and David's difficult race, we have increased the competitiveness of the car and the team as a whole since Melbourne. Our intensive test and development programme will continue in the run up to Bahrain which will hopefully once again be positively reflected in our performance."

Norbert Haug:

"The reliability and our speed must be further improved and everybody in the team is aware of this. We will continue to work in a focused manner to make our overall package better and more reliable."

-mclaren-

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