San Marino GP: McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix from fifth and sixth respectively. Kimi's fastest time was 1:22.104 whilst David did 1:22.490. Kimi Raikkonen 'We did our best today...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix from fifth and sixth respectively. Kimi's fastest time was 1:22.104 whilst David did 1:22.490.

Kimi Raikkonen
'We did our best today and I feel I got the utmost out of the car. We seem to lose most of our time in the middle sector but we don't really know why yet. I had a small spin at Rivazza when I ran wide during my third run and had to go back into the pits. I don't know what to expect from the race, but we will aim for a podium.'

David Coulthard
'A difficult session for me. After this morning's practice we had to make an engine change which cost us time just before qualifying, and I started my first run late. I was unable to extract the best from the tyres and couldn't improve my time from the morning practice to the same extent as the competition. However we will see what happens tomorrow, but it will be a tough race as we have some strong opposition in front of us.'

Ron Dennis
'Whilst the cars are handling reasonably well, we are clearly struggling to match the pace of our principal competition. If we have higher ambient temperatures tomorrow, which we can hopefully compliment with a good race strategy, a satisfying result should still be possible.'

Norbert Haug
'A disappointing qualifying: Six tenths of a second behind our competition on the same tyres and over a second to pole position are gaps that are far too big. We expect to look better in race trim.'

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