Spanish GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start from 10th position in tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix after setting a time of 1:16.636 in today's second qualifying session. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen qualified 13th with a time of ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start from 10th position in tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix after setting a time of 1:16.636 in today's second qualifying session. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen qualified 13th with a time of 1:17.445.

David Coulthard:

"It wasn't a very good qualifying lap, so I'm not too surprised that we are on the fifth row. My lap time was slower than what I did this morning on the same level of fuel, so I believe that we have the potential to improve our position during the race. It might not be obvious looking at our qualifying performance, but I think we are making gradual progress. At the end of the day it's where we finish in the race tomorrow that matters."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"The telemetry shows that until the last sector I was nearly level with my time from pre-qualifying. I'm not sure what happened but I didn't feel comfortable with the car and lost a lot of time towards the end. 13th position is not ideal but I will fight hard in the race and we will see what happens."

Ron Dennis:

"The drivers' comments explain our poor qualifying positions. This morning's times would have put us further up the grid. However our general race pace seems quite good, which will hopefully give us the opportunity to be a bit more competitive in the race tomorrow."

Norbert Haug:

"We knew that Barcelona would be difficult for us. However we will fight to score points."

David Coulthard
Chassis: MP4-19 03
Qualifying 1: 1.16.465 (12th)
Qualifying 2: 1.16.636 (10th)

Kimi Raikkonen
Chassis: MP4-19 04
Qualifying 1: 1.16.240 (8th)
Qualifying 2: 1.17.445 (13th)
T-car: MP4-19 01

-mclaren-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren