Canadian GP: McLaren Friday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Räikkönen set the sixth fastest time of 1:35,373 in today’s first qualifying session in Montreal. Team mate David Coulthard did 1:36.463, which put him eighth. Both the Free Practice and particularly ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Räikkönen set the sixth fastest time of 1:35,373 in today’s first qualifying session in Montreal. Team mate David Coulthard did 1:36.463, which put him eighth. Both the Free Practice and particularly qualifying were affected by wet weather.

Kimi Räikkönen:

"There is no doubt that today was quite difficult because of the weather conditions. I’m getting used to being the first car out for qualifying but it does make it more difficult as there are no lines to follow. I ran wide during my lap but it was really not a big problem and in the circumstances I think we did the best we could.”

David Coulthard:

"Not a lot to say as it was just too wet for anything, really. There was no grip and I think we were all just aquaplaning and concentrating on getting the car back in one piece. However let’s see what happens tomorrow when hopefully we will get a chance to run the car in drier conditions.”

Ron Dennis, Team principal:

"Variable weather conditions with the inevitable aquaplaning problems somewhat distorted the outcome of qualifying. Hopefully the weather will improve for tomorrow and allow everybody to optimise their cars.”

Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:

"The gaps to the leading cars in these difficult conditions say it all. In the rain we haven’t been competitive today.”

-mercedes-

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