Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished the Canadian Grand Prix in sixth place whilst team mate David Coulthard was forced to retire on lap 48 with a gearbox problem. Today's result saw Kimi lose his World Championship lead for the ...
Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished the Canadian Grand Prix in sixth place whilst team mate David Coulthard was forced to retire on lap 48 with a gearbox problem. Today's result saw Kimi lose his World Championship lead for the first time this season but only by three points. The Team McLaren Mercedes team is second in the Constructors' Championship with 76 points. Kimi came in for his only pitstop on lap 33 (11.8 seconds).
"Today's result is not a disaster at all and the gap to Michael is only three points with plenty more races to go. I started the race from the pitlane but after 10-15 laps, the team told me to save my brakes so I was not able to push and if you don't push, you don't gain places. However I was able to make some progress through the field. I lost one position to Barrichello when I had a puncture on my right rear tyre and had to go into the pits a bit earlier than scheduled. The whole team and myself look forward to fighting back at the next race."
"Obviously a non-finish is never good, but that is the way it went today. Initially I lost fourth and fifth gear but it was possible to keep going to try and score some points. However, eventually I also lost seventh gear, which made things impossible. Until then the race was encouraging as we were on the pace and once I was in clean air we were running as fast as the guys at the front. So we have the pace we just need to qualify better and ensure reliability. Let's hope that happens at the next race!"
Ron Dennis, team principal:
"A hard day at the office. David's retirement was caused by a transmission failure whilst Kimi's progress was slower than possible as a result of higher brake wear than we anticipated. Kimi's puncture cost him fifth place, but nevertheless his efforts were rewarded with three valuable points. The pace of the car was enough to win the race, and we will therefore maintain our low risk strategy for the introduction of the MP4-18."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:
"The outcome of the race is acceptable taking into consideration that Kimi started last. Our lap times during the race were competitive and three points away from the top at the half way point of the season are not a lot. I'm sorry for David who also could have finished in the points today. We are now looking forward to the next Grand Prix at the Nürburgring where we will try hard to keep the fight for the World Championship open."
David Coulthard: MP4-17D 07
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (David): MP4-17D 08
Spare: MP4-17D 05