San Marino GP Saturday McLaren notes

Mika Hakkinen -- Chassis 01 David Coulthard -- Chassis 02 T-car -- Chassis 03 West McLaren Mercedes’ driver Mika Hakkinen will start Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix from pole position with a time of 1:24.714, which he set in the last ...

Mika Hakkinen -- Chassis 01
David Coulthard -- Chassis 02
T-car -- Chassis 03

West McLaren Mercedes’ driver Mika Hakkinen will start Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix from pole position with a time of 1:24.714, which he set in the last seconds of the one-hour qualifying session to claim his third pole in as many races this year. Team- mate David Coulthard will line up in third with a time of 1:25.014.

MIKA HAKKINEN
‘I must admit that I was on the absolute limit during my final run. I really pushed in the last couple of corners because I felt I might be slightly down after the first two sectors. We have made a lot of progress with the car since yesterday’s practice and I’m happy with the balance.’

DAVID COULTHARD
‘There is no doubt that we had the potential to be quicker but unfortunately I made a small mistake at the second Rivazza, which cost me time on the uphill section afterwards. In the end I had to settle for third place on the grid but I’m looking forward to a competitive race.’

RON DENNIS
‘Both Mika and David did a great job and we have worked well as a team throughout practice and the results speak for themselves. Mika’s 24th pole position puts him amongst and ahead of some of the current and former great drivers. What better place to achieve it than Imola. But we have now enjoyed the moment and as always we are now focused on the race.’

NORBERT HAUG
‘Mika and the team did an excellent job to score Mika’s 24th pole position in the final seconds of the qualifying session. His fight for pole with Schumacher was an excellent display for the millions of television viewers and with David being third, the team is certainly in a good position for the race.’

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren