West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix third and fourth after setting times of 1:24.607 and 1:24.655 respectively. Kimi and David were the first two drivers...
West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix third and fourth after setting times of 1:24.607 and 1:24.655 respectively. Kimi and David were the first two drivers out in today's first qualifying session as they are currently leading the FIA Drivers' World Championship and experienced some of the worst track conditions.
"To be third after my only timed lap of the day is not bad, but I guess the weather made things a bit more interesting. I went out for one lap during this morning's practice but was aqua-planing a lot and ended up spinning but didn't hit anything. I had gone out for another run towards the end of the session, but there was a red flag and we decided that was it. I was the first car out on the track for qualifying which is a disadvantage especially when it's as wet as it was today. You haven't had a chance to see what everybody else is doing and there are no tyre tracks. However we are close to the Ferraris so we will wait and see what happens tomorrow when it really counts."
"You can't really say a lot about the car's performance today due to the track conditions being as difficult as they were during both practice and qualifying. I got a few laps under my belt this morning, but qualifying was all about staying on the track. I did run wide at turn 10 so to end up fourth is not too bad taking into consideration that we are in the same starting group as our main competitors for tomorrow's qualifying."
Ron Dennis, team principal:
"An interesting qualifying session which reflected the variable track conditions. We seem competitive if the conditions stay the same for tomorrow."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:
"Both Kimi and David showed consistent performances and our cars looked good in difficult circumstances. They had to go out as first and second and in the end they were among the front runners without having the best track conditions. What this really means we will only find out tomorrow as nobody knows whether the track will be better at the beginning or the end of qualifying."
David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (Kimi): MP4-17D 06
Spare: MP4-17D 07