Canadian GP: McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix from fifth and eighth positions respectively. Kimi did a time of 1:13.898 and David's fastest lap was 1:14.385. Kimi ...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix from fifth and eighth positions respectively. Kimi did a time of 1:13.898 and David's fastest lap was 1:14.385.

Kimi Raikkonen
'I think my grid position was the best we could have achieved today. We always knew that Canada would be difficult, as the circuit layout is not suited to our package. I might have been able to improve my time a little in my last run but then the rain just made it a bit too slippery. I'm hoping for a good start tomorrow and then a race finish and hopefully a reasonable result.'

David Coulthard
'I had a horrible session and believe that without problems I could have been on the third row at least. During my first run I hit traffic and lost a bit of time, my second stint was affected by the yellow flags following Sato's incident and then it started to rain during my final qualifying lap which caused me to spin at the last corner. I think we are capable of making a good start, which will be important, as overtaking is very hard at this track. As always we will do our best.'

Ron Dennis
'Apart from David's problems, qualifying turned out pretty much as we had expected. If the forecasters are right and the weather improves, a podium position is still a realistic target. As is often the case here, the use of the safety car could play a significant role in the outcome of the race.'

Norbert Haug
'The third row of the grid was what we could have realistically achieved. The one second gap is definitely too big. David's second run was ruined by Sato's technical failure. We should do better in race configuration tomorrow.'

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