French GP: McLaren race notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's Mobil 1 French Grand Prix second whilst teammate David Coulthard claimed third. Kimi was leading the race until four laps from the end, when he ran wide at the Adelaide Hairpin. Kimi...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's Mobil 1 French Grand Prix second whilst teammate David Coulthard claimed third. Kimi was leading the race until four laps from the end, when he ran wide at the Adelaide Hairpin. Kimi made his pitstops on laps 27 (8.5 seconds) and 49 (8.7 seconds). David stopped on laps 28 (11.2 seconds) and 54 (7.7 seconds). David received a 'drive through' penalty for crossing the pit exit line after his first pitstop and took the penalty on lap 59. David is fifth in the Drivers' World Championship with 30 points and Kimi is sixth with 17 points. Team McLaren Mercedes is third in the Constructors' World Championship with 47 points.

KIMI RAIKKONEN

"It's a bit strange to describe my best ever Formula One result as the worst race of my life, but that is how I feel. To be at the front of a race with only a few laps left and then run wide and lose the lead is terrible. However there was oil on the track and I didn't see an oil flag and locked the wheels. I made a good start to claim third and was able to keep up with the leaders and really enjoyed the action. Today, the car was great, both pitstops were excellent and we were competitive. It was great to be fighting for the lead and taking it and now that I know how it feels I can't wait for next time."

DAVID COULTHARD

"I enjoyed this race so much that I didn't want it to stop. In hindsight I could have been in with a chance for the victory but my 'drive through' penalty put a stop to that. I made a mistake and paid the prize. On my last few laps I was told to start short-shifting the gears to save the engine from a potential problem. It's encouraging to see that we have closed the gap to the competition and we were on the pace. I was expecting to be suffering from oversteer but instead battled with understeer throughout. It just shows that we are learning new things about the tyres at every track. Congratulations to Michael on his World Championship."

RON DENNIS

"A tremendous race for the team which executed a perfect strategy and good race pace. We are not comfortable with the circumstances surrounding Kimi's loss of the lead but whatever the outcome, both drivers drove a great race."

NORBERT HAUG

"A great race by Kimi, David and the team. We were contenders for the victory until four laps from the end when Kimi ran wide after hitting oil left by a competitor, as he was the first car to arrive at the Adelaide Hairpin after the incident. We have been competitive and are continuing to make progress. Congratulations to Michael and Ferrari, they have been the best this season."


David Coulthard: Chassis 08
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 06
T-car (David): Chassis 07

-mclaren-

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