Spanish GP: McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's 66-lap Spanish Grand in 10th place whilst team mate Kimi Raikkonen came 11th - 2.8 seconds behind David. Both drivers were on a three stop strategy and David came in on laps 10 (10.6 ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's 66-lap Spanish Grand in 10th place whilst team mate Kimi Raikkonen came 11th - 2.8 seconds behind David. Both drivers were on a three stop strategy and David came in on laps 10 (10.6 seconds), 27 (9 seconds) and 43 (9.9 seconds).

Kimi pitted on laps nine (8.1 seconds), 29 (9 seconds) and 46 (16 seconds). David is ninth in the Drivers' World Championship with four points whilst Kimi has one point in eleventh place. The West McLaren Mercedes team is fifth in the Constructors' World Championship with five points.

David Coulthard:

"A very difficult race as obviously our performance was down. We just have to take the pain at the moment and continue to work hard to improve. The positive things are that the car was reliable and the strategy was right. I overshot the first pitstop at bit, which lost us some time, and I think there was a small problem with the fuel nozzle in the other stops but it didn't cost us too much time. There is no doubt that we will get better -- we have the depth, the focus and the resources -- but it will take some time."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"We just couldn't do better today as it was clear we were not quick enough. There is no point in me getting frustrated as there is nothing I can do to change the situation, and I know that the team is as motivated and focused as ever to make progress. I made a good start from 13th and gained three places to get into 10th at the first corner. We made a few adjustments in the second pitstop to try to improve performance which took some additional time. In my final stop we had to put some air into the pneumatic system's airbottle as the pressure had dropped a bit."

Ron Dennis:

"The outcome of today's race is certainly not what we want, but we always knew that we would struggle at the Barcelona track. However, there is still some way to go before improvements can be seen. Our task is clear -- the entire team has to continue to work hard to get back to where we want to be which is at the front."

Norbert Haug:

"Our performance was weak. There is still a lot to do, and everybody in the team knows that."

David Coulthard: 10th
Chassis: MP4-19 03
Kimi Raikkonen: 11th
Chassis: MP4-19 04
T-car (Kimi): MP4-19 01

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