Bahrain GP: McLaren race notes

The West McLaren Mercedes team had a disappointing Bahrain Grand Prix as both Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard failed to finish the 57 lap race. Kimi retired with an engine failure on lap eight and David's race finished on lap 50 due to a loss...

The West McLaren Mercedes team had a disappointing Bahrain Grand Prix as both Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard failed to finish the 57 lap race. Kimi retired with an engine failure on lap eight and David's race finished on lap 50 due to a loss of air in the pneumatic system of the engine. David completed his three stops on laps nine (7.89 seconds), 23 (7.892 seconds) and 38 (9.217 seconds).

David Coulthard:

"A disappointing outcome after an extremely unsatisfying couple of days in Bahrain. I had a few good battles during the race but as has been the case throughout I lacked speed. Another points finish would have been possible but at the end I lost air in the pneumatic system of the engine. I came into the pits to see if we could do something to rectify the situation but it proved impossible and that was the end of that."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"It's been a difficult weekend for me and the entire team. I started the race from last but made a good start and gained quite a few places during the first couple of laps. I was battling with one of the Jaguars for 11th but all of a sudden I lost power and my engine went. There is not really anything else I can say or do. I just want to forget this weekend and look forward to the rest of the year."

Ron Dennis:

"Definitely not the outcome any of us would have liked. Both Kimi and David could have finished in the points today but to do that you have to finish. However the entire team will continue the efforts to optimise our package and whilst we have had a difficult start to the season I'm confident that we will improve."

Norbert Haug:

"The entire team is disappointed with the weekend's performance. We still have to investigate the reason for Kimi's engine failure. David's retirement was caused by loss of air in the pneumatic system of the engine. We now have to work even harder together as a team to put every effort into improving our reliability and competitiveness."

-mclaren-

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