Brazilian GP McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos from third on the grid after setting a time of 1:14.122. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:14.178 puts him fifth on the grid. Mika ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos from third on the grid after setting a time of 1:14.122. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:14.178 puts him fifth on the grid.

Mika Hakkinen
'It was a very close session and I'm quite optimistic for the race tomorrow. The entire team has done a lot of work since Malaysia and we have definitely improved the car and solved some of our problems. Starting from third on the grid is not too bad and I should be able to get good traction at the start. I think I could have gone quicker but was unable to get a clear lap on my last run but that is one of the risks you take when leaving it until the closing minutes.'

David Coulthard
'My first run was aborted when I hit traffic and as a result I only had three runs. The balance of the car has improved and there has been a performance increase from the engine as well. The competition is very close and I'm looking forward to the race where we should be in good shape.'

Ron Dennis
'We continue to make progress, which the closeness of today's qualifying confirms.'

Norbert Haug
'The team and the drivers did an excellent job in improving the car and we have made a step forward with the engine. Today's qualifying showed what a great sport Formula One is - the television viewers must have enjoyed that!'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren