San Marino GP: McLaren Saturday qualifying notes

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's race from sixth and 12th on the grid after setting times of 1:23.148 and 1:23.818 respectively. Kimi Raikkonen: "A reasonable grid position. However I made...

West McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will start tomorrow's race from sixth and 12th on the grid after setting times of 1:23.148 and 1:23.818 respectively.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"A reasonable grid position. However I made a small mistake at the top chicane which cost me some time so I think I could have been a bit higher up. We have improved the car since yesterday, so we will see what happens in the race tomorrow."

David Coulthard:

"Obviously I'm disappointed. I was going well until Rivazza where I made a mistake, which a quick look at the telemetry showed cost me more than seven tenths of a second. As the first three races have shown this year anything can happen and I have done well from low grid positions before, but its not going to be easy."

Ron Dennis, Team principal:

"The result of today's qualifying was not a great surprise. However David's mistake cost him several grid positions whilst Kimi too made a small error. It is the race that matters and we will have to see how our strategy works."

Norbert Haug, Mercedes motorsport director:

"Both drivers didn't achieve their optimum lap. It will be interesting to see how long our competitors can stay out before their first pitstop. The race should see us in better positions, so we are all looking forward to tomorrow."


David Coulthard: MP4-17D 08
Kimi Raikkonen: MP4-17D 06
T-car (David): MP4-17D 07
Spare: MP4-17D 09

-mclaren-

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