Japanese GP: McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix from the second row after qualifying third and fourth respectively in a session that was delayed by one hour and 15 minutes following an ...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix from the second row after qualifying third and fourth respectively in a session that was delayed by one hour and 15 minutes following an accident. David did a fastest time of 1:32.088 and Kimi 1:32.197.

DAVID COULTHARD

"I'm happy with my performance, the car and our positions on the second row. We have improved our qualifying performance throughout the season. On my second run things were going well, but I had to abandon it due to Alan's accident, and I'm pleased that he was unhurt. After the long break I went out on used tyres to assess the track conditions. I could have improved further on my last stint, but I had a little understeer in the first sector. I'm optimistic for the race and am aiming for a podium finish."

KIMI RAIKKONEN

"I ran wide at the first corner during my last run but was still able to improve my time to move up a couple of positions. The red flag didn't really affect me as I had already abandoned my flying lap, because I made a mistake in the first sector. The car was working well throughout the session. At some point the team suspected a small problem with the pneumatics and as a precaution prepared the T-car for me. However in the end there was no need, and I look forward to an exciting finish to the 2002 season tomorrow."

RON DENNIS

"A disrupted but nevertheless exciting qualifying session. Both David and Kimi and the team did excellent jobs in difficult circumstances. We now look forward to the race tomorrow."

NORBERT HAUG

"A good performance by David, Kimi and the entire team and the gap to pole position is closer than in most of the races this year."


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