Austrian GP Friday McLaren notes

AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX - FRIDAY PRACTICE Chassis Numbers: Mika Hakkinen MP4 - 14/05 David Coulthard MP4 - 14/07 T. Car MP4 - 14/02 Both West McLaren Mercedes drivers' David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen enjoyed a positive day's practice as...

AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX - FRIDAY PRACTICE

Chassis Numbers: Mika Hakkinen MP4 - 14/05 David Coulthard MP4 - 14/07 T. Car MP4 - 14/02

Both West McLaren Mercedes drivers' David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen enjoyed a positive day's practice as they prepared for the Austrian Grand Prix. David and Mika were both consistently the quickest in the session until the last lap which saw Mika finishing today's practice in second place with a 1:13.325, closely followed by his team mate with a 1:13.376.

MIKA HAKKINEN 'It was a good practice session. I am not yet one hundred percent pleased, but we made good progress as we worked on the balance and handling of the car and I am feeling very positive about qualifying. '

DAVID COULTHARD 'I am happy with the progress we made today, especially as we picked up grip throughout both sessions. I am looking forward to tomorrow.'

RON DENNIS 'A very productive practice which saw both drivers improving their times through their own, and their engineers' efforts. Today's times, as always, are reflective of varying fuel loads and tyre degradation. Our main competition remains unchanged.'

NORBERT HAUG 'The A1 Ring is a circuit where weight is a crucial factor. Therefore we have to wait and see what the grid order will be tomorrow. I do not expect our main opposition, Ferrari, to be in ninth position, qualifying will demonstrate where everybody really stands.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren