Italian GP Saturday McLaren notes

The West McLaren Mercedes team will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza from third and fifth after Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard set times of 1:23.967 and 1:24.290 respectively. Mika Hakkinen: 'Obviously I would have liked to be on...

The West McLaren Mercedes team will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza from third and fifth after Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard set times of 1:23.967 and 1:24.290 respectively.

Mika Hakkinen:
'Obviously I would have liked to be on the front row but I'm not too worried. I wasn't completely happy with the handling of the car, and we experienced a few technical problems, which disturbed our concentration. However tomorrow is another day, and I'm confident as I believe we have a strong race set-up.'

David Coulthard:
'I'm not happy with the outcome of my qualifying session. I didn't manage to get all my best sector times together to make one fast lap and also experienced problems finding the optimum balance. My last run was ruined by a much slower car. However the race is where you score the points not qualifying.'

Ron Dennis:
'A less than perfect qualifying session with Mika suffering a small fuel pressure problem on the outlap of his third run which cleared itself but still had us preparing his T-car which subsequently was not used. David's final run was spoilt by the virtually stationary Frentzen. Not ideal grid positions but we should be competitive in the race, which we are looking forward to.'

Norbert Haug:
'Mika was close to a very good lap time on his last run but had to overtake which cost him a couple of tenths. David was also hampered by traffic but did have the potential to go quicker. But Sunday's race is a different matter, and we have won from this grid position before.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren