Spanish GP Friday McLaren notes

Mika Hakkinen Chassis 04 David Coulthard Chassis 05 T-car Chassis 01 The West McLaren Mercedes team used today's Free Practice sessions to fine- tune the set-up for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. The team spent last week testing at the...

Mika Hakkinen Chassis 04
David Coulthard Chassis 05
T-car Chassis 01

The West McLaren Mercedes team used today's Free Practice sessions to fine- tune the set-up for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. The team spent last week testing at the Circuit de Catalunya with David at the wheel on Wednesday and Thursday and Mika on Friday. Today David was fifth fastest with a time of 1:22.651 and he completed 20 laps. Mika set a time of 1:23.266, which put him seventh. He did 21 laps

MIKA HAKKINEN
'The conditions today were very different from last week's test. There was a lack of grip, and as result it was difficult to find the optimum balance of the car. I don't know exactly what caused the slippery track surface, but it might be the temperature. David and me were testing different set-ups and we will wait and see what happens tomorrow.'

DAVID COULTHARD
'The residual bruising from the aircraft accident is not causing me any discomfort in the car and I feel fine. I very much appreciate the media giving me the opportunity to concentrate on this race. During today's two sessions we worked through a few set-ups variations and experienced no problems.'

RON DENNIS
'A normal Friday in Barcelona with nothing more than fuel load, ambient temperature and track conditions providing the answer to the time difference between the top cars.'

NORBERT HAUG
'Different fuel loads and softer or harder tyre compounds were used today, so the order will probably change come race day. We will certainly improve our performance.'

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