Monaco GP: McLaren race notes

The West McLaren Mercedes team had a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix after both David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish the race. David's grand prix was over at the end of lap two when Fisichella failed to slow down following Sato's ...

The West McLaren Mercedes team had a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix after both David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish the race. David's grand prix was over at the end of lap two when Fisichella failed to slow down following Sato's engine failure and went over the top of David's car. David made it back into the pits but the team was unable to repair the car.

Kimi was retired on lap 28 because of a problem with the engine's pneumatic system. Kimi had his one and only pitstop on lap 19. David and Kimi are 10th and 14th in the Drivers World Championship with four and one points respectively. The West McLaren Mercedes team has five points in sixth place in the Constructors' World Championship.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"The engineers could see that there was a problem with the engine's pneumatic system and the team told me to come in and retire. I think we could have done well here today. Obviously I'm disappointed as we have had a good and reasonably competitive weekend until today. There was a lot of smoke when Sato's engine blew up, but I was prepared as it had been smoking for some time and managed to find my way through."

David Coulthard:

"I'm really disappointed and upset as I love this race and would have enjoyed battling it out with the other guys. Obviously I was very worried when Fisichella flew over me and his car landed upside down, and we were lucky not to have a more serious accident. When Sato's engine blew up I couldn't see anything in front of me because of the smoke, so perhaps Fisichella was going a bit too fast but I don't know. However smoke was coming from Sato's car already on the Parade Lap so I'm sure the engineers could have seen on the telemetry that eventually the engine would blow up."

Ron Dennis:

"A great race for Formula One, but a disappointing weekend for the team as a whole and especially the drivers who were able to enjoy a more competitive performance in qualifying. David's race was abruptly stopped by Fisichella. We took the difficult decision to retire Kimi from the race when it became apparent that a pneumatic control system on the engine was malfunctioning, which would have caused the engine to fail. All in all not a great weekend, but we will work hard at maintaining our progress towards competitiveness."

Norbert Haug:

"David's race was over when Fisichella ran into him following David taking avoiding action after Sato's BAR slowed down. The team decided to stop Kimi because the telemetry indicated a failure in the pneumatic system -- the reason for which we still have to investigate. A bad result for a Monaco weekend that had begun better than the five races before and showed some progress in our competitiveness."

-mclaren-

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