Bahrain GP: McLaren Friday practice notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's practice at the Bahrain circuit in 11th place overall after setting a fastest time of 1:32.495 and completing 27 laps. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen ended last after being forced to pull...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's practice at the Bahrain circuit in 11th place overall after setting a fastest time of 1:32.495 and completing 27 laps. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen ended last after being forced to pull over, only a few minutes into the second session, when his engine stopped after a fire in the air tray caused by a fuel leak. The engine has to be changed and due to the one engine rule Kimi's grid position will be relegated by ten places.

David Coulthard:

"Obviously not the best start to the weekend. Towards the end of the second session I had a left rear tyre failure which caused me to go off the track and we are looking into why at the moment as it can be a number of factors. However I did manage to get a few laps in and the track does represent an interesting challenge."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"I'm obviously disappointed to lose almost all of the second practice session due to an engine failure. All of a sudden I just lost all power. It's a shame as I was going to go for it, as I had used the first session to familiarise myself with the track. I quite like the circuit, and it's not too dusty or slippery. However there are a lot of small stones flying up sometimes particularly if you are behind somebody."

Ron Dennis:

"A very disruptive first day for both drivers. As always we were concentrating on optimising our race pace, which at this stage doesn't look too bad."

Norbert Haug:

"Kimi's engine stopped after a fire in the air tray caused by a fuel leak. The damage to the engine was severe enough that we need to change it. David suffered a left rear tyre failure at the end of the second practice session."

David Coulthard: MP4-19 03
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-19 04
T-car (David): MP4-19 01

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