Japanese GP: McLaren Friday notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen was fastest following today's two free practice sessions for the last round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship in Japan. Kimi set a time of 1:34.232 and completed 33 laps. David Coulthard's...

West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen was fastest following today's two free practice sessions for the last round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship in Japan. Kimi set a time of 1:34.232 and completed 33 laps. David Coulthard's time of 1:34.730 put him second and he did 29 laps.

KIMI RAIKKONEN

"Everything went well today, and we spent both sessions working on the set up according to our pre-determined programme. Suzuka is a tricky circuit as you don't have very large run off areas, and if you loose control you are almost bound to damage the car. Tomorrow is a different day and as always we will do our best and see what happens. We still have some way to go and I'm confident that we can optimise our package even further."

DAVID COULTHARD

"We are encouraged by our performance today with both types of Michelin tyres working well. Unfortunately both my comparison runs were spoilt by traffic in the last sector. During the latter part of the first session, my car developed a hydraulics problem, which necessitated an engine change. As a result I didn't do as many laps as I would have liked, but the team did a great job in getting everything ready for the second session."

RON DENNIS

"An interesting first day. Let's hope we can maintain the momentum for the rest of the weekend."

NORBERT HAUG

"A positive beginning to the last Grand Prix weekend of the year. Ouite good for the first day."


David Coulthard: Chassis 06
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 09
T-car (David): Chassis 07
Spare: Chassis 03

-mclaren-

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