The West McLaren Mercedes team made it three out of three in today's Brazilian Grand Prix when Kimi Raikkonen claimed his second Formula One victory in a row. Team mate David Coulthard took fourth after the race was stopped only two laps after...
The West McLaren Mercedes team made it three out of three in today's Brazilian Grand Prix when Kimi Raikkonen claimed his second Formula One victory in a row. Team mate David Coulthard took fourth after the race was stopped only two laps after David had come in for his second and final pitstop whilst leading the race. Today's result sees Kimi continuing to lead the Formula One Drivers World Championship with 26 points whilst David remains second with 15 points. The West McLaren Mercedes team extended their lead of the Constructors' Championship having a total of 41 points.
"What a race. I think with some of the bad luck I have experienced in the past it was time that I was lucky. The team did a great job and deserved to win. When the race started for real, it was still difficult to see where you were going because of all the spray. I stayed out when the Safety Car came out again whilst the majority of the field came in for their pitstops. When I rejoined, I was able to overtake a couple of cars to take second but as the circuit started to get drier, my rain tyres were not working as well which allowed Giancarlo to close in. He overtook me when I went wide. I was coming into the pits for my final stop when the race was red flagged. Today's result is great for me and the team, but its too early to think about the Championship."
"A day of mixed emotions, but I'm pleased for the team as we did get some important points. I'm obviously a little disappointed as I felt I was having a good race and was in control. It was the right decision to start behind the Safety Car as you could see from the many accidents once the race was on. I'm happy with my performance today as I was leading most of the race under the most difficult conditions you can imagine."
Ron Dennis, team principal:
"A tremendous and well deserved result for the team. We varied our strategies with the hope of covering all the potential eventualities, which certainly played a role in Kimi's race win. David's drive was outstanding, and his fourth place was a poor reward for his efforts. For both drivers to finish with intact cars was a credit to their driving skills and the equipment provided by the team as a whole. Our commisarations but admiration to the Jordan team whose sporting behaviour after the race was a credit to them and to the sport."
Norbet Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:
"A totally dramatic race. I'm really sorry for David who was leading for most of the time and deserved a better reward than fourth. Congratulations to Kimi and the whole team who did an excellent job. Both our drivers didn't put a foot wrong in tricky conditions. As a team we have done a great job today. Thanks to all the guys in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart who worked so hard, they all deserve this good start to the season."
David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (Kimi): MP4-17D 06
Spare: MP4-17D 07