Brazilian GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from second and fourth on the grid after setting times of 1:13.818 and 1:13.866 respectively in today's qualifying session. David ...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from second and fourth on the grid after setting times of 1:13.818 and 1:13.866 respectively in today's qualifying session.

David Coulthard:

"A reasonably tidy qualifying lap - the best I have done so far this year. I wasn't comfortable with the balance of the car during the 15-minute warm-up, so we changed it back to how we ran it during this morning's practice and everything felt fine. Now we will see what happens tomorrow. The new rules make it difficult to know the competitiveness of the other teams."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"My qualifying lap was not perfect but fourth place is acceptable taking into account how close the competition is. I got the car a little bit sideways at Turn Nine, which lost me a small amount of time, but I think we are looking reasonably strong for the race. "

Ron Dennis, Team principal:

"An excellent qualifying by the whole team, which has not compromised our race strategy. We look forward to tomorrow's race."

Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director

"A super performance by both drivers and the team. David's second and Kimi's fourth places are a good basis for the race. The first four are within half a tenth which shows that this was a thrilling qualifying session."


David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (Kimi): MP4-17D 06
Spare: MP4-17D 07

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren