West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from fifth position after setting a time of 1:21.163. David Coulthard's time of 1:21.803 put him seventh on the grid. Kimi was involved in an incident with...
West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from fifth position after setting a time of 1:21.163. David Coulthard's time of 1:21.803 put him seventh on the grid. Kimi was involved in an incident with Jordan's Takuma Sato two minutes from the end, which caused the session to be stopped temporarily. Qualifying restarted at 14.05 with two minutes and 14 seconds left.
"My incident with Sato is one of those things which happen in racing. He was on his fifth consecutive lap, and my team was under the impression that he would be coming into the pits, which is what you would expect during qualifying, and advised me accordingly. When I couldn't see him in my mirrors, I believed he had slowed down and went for the line into the corner. The team tried to get the spare car, which was set up for David, ready for my last run, but in the short amount of time available it was impossible. It's a shame as I believe we could have improved a little bit more and got closer to the times of the front runners."
"Today I couldn't find the illusive balance through the first and second chicane. I had to abandon what was meant to be my last run because of the red flag situation. When I went for my last flying lap my tyres were already used which made it impossible for me to improve my time, but as has happened several times this year we expect to be stronger in the race."
"Until Kimi's incident which is well described in his own comments and the resulting red flag, which aborted David's final run, we had an uneventful qualifying. Our tyre performance should result in a strong race position."
"Kimi's grid position is what we expected and the red flag situation two minutes from the end didn't help David. However the team will work hard to ensure that we continue the strong race performances which we have shown so often this year."
David Coulthard: Chassis 08
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 07
T-car (David): Chassis 03
Spare: Chassis 09