Hungarian GP Saturday McLaren notes

Chassis Numbers: Mika Hakkinen: MP4 -14 / 04 David Coulthard: MP4 -14 / 06 T.Car: MP4 -14 / 02 The West McLaren Mercedes team is pleased that Mika Hakkinen claimed the nineteenth pole position of his career here at the Hungaroring ...

Chassis Numbers: Mika Hakkinen: MP4 -14 / 04 David Coulthard: MP4 -14 / 06 T.Car: MP4 -14 / 02

The West McLaren Mercedes team is pleased that Mika Hakkinen claimed the nineteenth pole position of his career here at the Hungaroring in preparation for tomorrow's Grand Prix. The competition was extremely fierce during the session as the times prove, with a second covering the top nine cars. Mika's fastest lap was a 1:18.156, with David Coulthard starting from third on the grid with a lap of 1:18.384.

MIKA HAKKINEN 'This is a very technical track with very little opportunity to overtake during the race, so naturally enough I am glad to be starting the race from pole. I put in my quickest lap on my first run. After that I encountered traffic each time I went out and my final run had to be aborted as Johnny Herbert was loosing bits of his car all over the track. It's a shame, as I think that would have been a very quick lap. The car has a good balance and I think we have done some good work this weekend, so tomorrow's race will be very interesting.'

DAVID COULTHARD 'To be quickest is everyone's ambition but the times today are incredibly close so I think this shows that we have done our homework for this weekend. It will be important to get a good start tomorrow and that said I will be starting from the cleaner part of the circuit, which I believe will be an advantage. Tyres are always an issue here but we have been conserving them all weekend so we don't have a problem regarding that issue. Backmarkers will be one of the key areas in tomorrow's race and strategy as always will play a vital role in the outcome of the race.'

RON DENNIS 'The frustrations of the traffic in Hungary are very comparable to Monaco. Whilst Mika's first timed lap was his quickest, as normal he didn't push to the limit, therefore it is a little disappointing for him not to be able achieve his optimum time. David systematically improved his times on each run and the team did a good job finding the brief windows in the traffic that opened up during qualifying. As always the closing minutes were a little scrappy, but all in all we are reasonably happy with the outcome.'

NORBERT HAUG 'A thrilling qualifying with nine cars in one second. Congratulations to Mika for his ninth pole position in eleven races and to David who, being third, has an excellent base for a good race performance.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Johnny Herbert , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren