Malaysian GP: McLaren Saturday notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix from fifth and sixth place respectively. Kimi set a time of 1:36.468 and David lapped the Sepang track in a time of 1:36.477. KIMI ...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix from fifth and sixth place respectively. Kimi set a time of 1:36.468 and David lapped the Sepang track in a time of 1:36.477.

KIMI RAIKKONEN

"Obviously I would have liked to qualify nearer the front but as we saw in Australia two weeks ago anything can happen during the race. The balance of the car wasn't ideal. We did our best, but were not quick enough. The race tomorrow will be physically very hard because of the high temperatures here in Malaysia, but I have been training hard so I will be well prepared."

DAVID COULTHARD

"I'm not at all happy with today's performance and it has been difficult from the start of the weekend. I suffered from a lot of oversteer during qualifying and was therefore unable to attack the corners in the way I would have liked. We now have to work hard to improve our set-up for tomorrow when we have a long and tough race where anything can happen."

RON DENNIS, Team Principal

"I don't feel that we got the best from the cars today and clearly we didn't improve the times from this morning to the same extent as the teams around us. Despite this disappointment we feel that we have achieved a competitive race set-up which should allow us to put in a strong performance tomorrow."

NORBERT HAUG, Mercedes Motorsport director

"Not the qualifying result that we had in mind, but we have achieved podium places from lesser grid positions. I think that our race performance will be better than what we showed today."


David Coulthard Chassis 02
Kimi Raikkonen Chassis 03
T-car (Kimi) Chassis 01

-mclaren-

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