West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard came third in today's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit and scored his first points of the 2002 Formula One season. Kimi retired from fourth place with a right rear wheel hub ...
West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard came third in today's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit and scored his first points of the 2002 Formula One season. Kimi retired from fourth place with a right rear wheel hub failure three laps from the end. David and Kimi are currently joint fifth in the Drivers' Championship with four points each. The West McLaren Mercedes team is third in the Constructors' World Championship with eighth points.
"It's good to be back on the podium that is for sure. I had a really hard race as both the Renaults managed to get past me at the start and I was stuck behind them for 43 laps. I finally passed Jenson Button when he made a mistake at the last corner and I was able to slipstream him. However with Jarno Trulli I had to be patient and wait for the pitstops. Once I was clear, I was able to go at the optimum speed but by then we had lost too much time. It's great to be in the points and I'm now looking forward to the start of the European season.
"It's a pity that I didn't finish a race. Like David, I was stuck behind both Renaults for the majority of the Grand Prix but eventually managed to outbrake Jenson Button at the first corner on lap 40, which I held until my car suffered a wheel hub failure with three laps to go which cost me fourth place."
"The start which saw us lose places to both Renaults effectively dictated the outcome of the race. Whilst our pace, once we had passed the Renaults, was comparable to the leaders the reality is that we have more work to do. Both drivers drove well which rewarded David with his first podium of the year. Kimi's wheel hub failure is still somewhat of a mystery when we take into account the extensive amount of testing we did prior to the start of the season. A hard weekend for everybody, but at least the trend is in the right direction."
"Unfortunately both David and Kimi were overtaken at the start by the two Renaults. But David's third place podium finish is some reward for everybody in the team who has worked so hard since the Malaysian Grand Prix. Sorry for Kimi who drove a very good race until his technical problem three laps from the finish. This was a race run under extreme ambient temperatures in which our engines ran reliably."
David Coulthard: Chassis 02
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 04
T-car (David): Chassis 05
Ambient temperature: 31C
Track temperature: 40C