West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's race from third position after setting a time of 1:10.892 in the final qualifying session of the 2004 session. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:11.750 was 13th fastest but he...
West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's race from third position after setting a time of 1:10.892 in the final qualifying session of the 2004 session. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:11.750 was 13th fastest but he will start his 150th Grand Prix from 12th as Michael Schumacher will move 10 places down after changing his car and engine.
"I have been happy with the car from the very beginning of my Brazilian Grand Prix weekend. The times are so close and I actually think we could have been on pole position. It was a good qualifying lap, but the rear was a bit loose at turns one and nine, so I might have lost a little bit of time. As always it's difficult to predict what will happen in the race, but I think we are in with a strong chance of ending the season on a high."
"Obviously not the result I had hoped for in my last qualifying session for the team. I had a short moment at turn three and experienced some oversteer in the middle sector, which cost me precious time. A few people got caught out by the changing track conditions today including me. However, I know that my car has got the pace and I am looking forward to a strong race, I always go well here."
"An excellent lap for Kimi. Commiserations to David as the whole team would have loved for him to have a more successful final qualifying. I think we have a strong strategy for tomorrow and are looking forward to the race."
"An exciting qualifying session. Kimi did a strong lap and our strategy for tomorrow's race should see us in good shape. A shame for David to start his last race for the team from 12th -- anyway he should be able to come in the points."
David Coulthard: MP4-19B 03
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-19B 01
T-car (Kimi): MP4-19B 02