European GP: McLaren race notes

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard both retired from today's European Grand Prix with engine failures. Kimi's race finished almost immediately after his first pit stop (7.6 seconds) on lap 10 whilst David retired on...

Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard both retired from today's European Grand Prix with engine failures. Kimi's race finished almost immediately after his first pit stop (7.6 seconds) on lap 10 whilst David retired on lap 26. David was on a two-stop strategy, starting from last place on the grid following an engine change after yesterday's first qualifying session. David pitted on lap 20 (8.4 seconds).

David Coulthard:

"The race was going well. I had a good start from the back of the grid making the most of other people getting in trouble on the first lap and went from 20th to ninth. As we were on a two stop strategy the car was heavy with fuel, but I believe we would have been in a good position to score some points. It's disappointing and nobody in the team is enjoying the situation at the moment, but we will all continue to work hard to make things better, and I'm confident that we will fight back."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"Obviously I'm extremely frustrated and disappointed. I was at the front after getting past Sato and Trulli on the first lap and there was no doubt that things were looking good. We are making progress, but it's clear that we have to improve our reliability dramatically."

Ron Dennis:

"The reliability problems we are experiencing at the moment are linked with our efforts to increase the team's competitiveness as fast as possible. Our qualifying and the early part of the race certainly demonstrated that we are getting there. Of course it's painful not to finish races, but the most constructive way forward for the team is to analyse the problems and execute the engineering solutions."

Norbert Haug:

"A disappointing outcome to the race. Kimi and David did everything right and were in good positions during the opening laps. The engines will go back to Mercedes-Ilmor tonight to investigate the source of the failures which we suspect was a problem with a batch of pistons from which all the engines for this race have been built."

-mclaren-

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