San Marino GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix from 11th on the grid after setting a fastest time of 1:21.091. After Kimi's first run, the team decided that it would be necessary to change the engine and as...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard will start Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix from 11th on the grid after setting a fastest time of 1:21.091. After Kimi's first run, the team decided that it would be necessary to change the engine and as a result Kimi didn't complete a timed lap, so the team could ensure that the Finn will have the best possible race strategy.

David Coulthard:

"During my qualifying run I locked up at the last corner which cost me some time. However, despite today's qualifying result our pace generally has been better here at Imola and we have seen some improvement. I have no doubt, that we will continue to make progress, but it will take some time. Let's wait and see what the race will bring."

Kimi Raikkonen:

"Obviously I'm disappointed to experience the same sort of thing two races in a row. However there is nothing I can do about it, and I will just go out tomorrow and do the best I can. I will have a new engine and a lot of determination, so we will see what happens.

Ron Dennis:

"Although it's clearly not apparent, we have made progress since the Bahrain Grand Prix. David's lock up in the last sector was costly as the times are extremely close. Kimi's problem was related to a damaged exhaust valve seatring which was not considered by the engineers to be able to finish the race. As a result we took the decision to change the engine and his race strategy for tomorrow."

Norbert Haug:

"We will change Kimi's engine after qualifying because we found a leakage in an exhaust valve seatring. As a consequence Kimi has to start from the back of the grid."

David Coulthard
Chassis: MP4-19 03
1:21.091 (11th)

Kimi Raikkonen
Chassis: MP4-19 04
No time
T-car (Kimi): MP4-19 01

-mclaren-

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