West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen took second place in today's San Marino Grand Prix whilst team mate David Coulthard claimed fifth. The team adopted a two stop strategy which saw David coming in on laps 21 (9.8 secs) and 45 (7.6 secs)...
West McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen took second place in today's San Marino Grand Prix whilst team mate David Coulthard claimed fifth. The team adopted a two stop strategy which saw David coming in on laps 21 (9.8 secs) and 45 (7.6 secs) and Kimi on lap 22 (8.6 secs) and 44 (10.4 secs). Kimi maintains his World Championship lead with 32 points ahead of David in second with 19. The West McLaren Mercedes team remains on top in the Constructors' Championship with 51 points.
"I'm pleased with second place and would like to say a big thank you to the team for choosing the right strategy today. I managed to get fifth place at the start and then did everything I could to hold on to that. I must admit I was quite pleased when I saw Ferrari and BMW Williams coming in for their first stops. I had a problem getting the car into gear during the second pitstop, but it didn't cost too much time. Towards the end of the race Rubens put me under a bit of pressure, but I could keep second place and the lead in the Championship."
"An encouraging result taking into consideration that our main competition was on three stops which put our qualifying performance into perspective. I made a good start and got past four cars on the run to the first corner, and then it was all about not making any mistakes. I enjoyed the battles throughout the race particularly the ones with Rubens and Ralf, but at the end of the day I paid the price for my low grid position."
Ron Dennis, Team principal:
"Our race performance and ultimate result reflected firstly our starting positions and secondly a marginal disadvantage in one area of our tyres' performance. Inevitably in a tyre war teams enjoy an advantage when their respective Partner gets it right which was certainly the case with Michelin in the first three Grands Prix. That said a good strategy and excellent performances from our drivers gave us some valuable points which sees us maintaining our World Championship lead."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:
"An excellent tactical performance by the team. Our two stop strategy was perfect and helped us to achieve good race results considering our grid positions. 12 points for the West McLaren Mercedes team and eight for Kimi keep us in a good position in our Championship campaign."
David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 06
T-car (David): MP4-17D 07
Spare: MP4-17D 09