Hungarian GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix from seventh on the grid after setting a time of 1:22.742. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:23.060 puts him ninth. David Coulthard: "I had a small ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix from seventh on the grid after setting a time of 1:22.742. Team mate David Coulthard's time of 1:23.060 puts him ninth.

David Coulthard:

"I had a small problem with the clutch when we were ready to leave the garage as it wouldn't clear. However the guys found a quick solution and ultimately we got out on time. We know from previous experience that our race pace should be good and I believe we have chosen the right strategy. In addition I'm on the clean side of the track which could be crucial at the start."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"Not too bad. I made a little mistake in the last sector at corner 12, which cost me some time. We improved the balance of the car from the warm up, and it feels good. I might have an advantage at the start tomorrow compared to Michael as I'm on the clean side of the track, and I'm also not too far away from Montoya. We will see what happens in the race, and at this circuit the first corner is especially crucial."

Ron Dennis:

"Traditionally it's been impossible to overtake at the Hungarian Grand Prix due to the nature of the circuit. It's therefore understandable that some of the teams have adopted extremely 'racy' strategies. I very much doubt that the finishing order tomorrow will reflect the grid positions. It should be a great race."

Norbert Haug:

"A grid which promises an exciting race. It will be interesting to see what influence the various strategies have had on the grid positions."

David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 09
T-car (Kimi): MP4-17D 07
Spare: MP4-17D 06

-mclaren-

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