US GP: McLaren race notes

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second in today's weather affected United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kimi had his pit stops on lap 19 (10.9 seconds), lap 22 (6.1 seconds) and 41 (6.7 seconds). Team...

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second in today's weather affected United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kimi had his pit stops on lap 19 (10.9 seconds), lap 22 (6.1 seconds) and 41 (6.7 seconds). Team mate David Coulthard came in for his pitstops on laps 17 (10.6 seconds) and 30 (8 seconds). On lap 35 he came in for a drive through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

However David was forced to retire on lap 49 due to a gearbox problem. Kimi has moved into second place in the Drivers World Championship with 83 points whilst David remains seventh with 45. The Team McLaren Mercedes team is third in the Constructors' rankings with 128 points.

Kimi Raikkonen:

"The weather basically lost us the race victory today as we were not as quick in the wet conditions as Michael. The good news is that we still have a chance in Japan, but it's more difficult now. I made a good start from pole and was pretty much in control and had a good battle with Ralf Schumacher before he crashed out. Once the rain started things changed. We came in at the right times and didn't put a foot wrong but there was nothing we could do. Now I look forward to the final race at Suzuka in two weeks time where I know we will give it all and anything can happen in racing."

David Coulthard:

"I made a good start where I gained a couple of positions and was running strongly during the opening stages of the race even leading at one point. When it began to rain we took a risk and decided to stay out on slicks, but obviously it didn't work and I was really struggling to keep the car on the track. My gearbox developed a problem and eventually I had to retire."

Ron Dennis:

"As you would expect we come to every Grand Prix with the intention of winning. However Kimi's second place still gives us a chance to win the World Championship and our sights are firmly on that objective."

Norbert Haug:

"A brilliant performance by Kimi under difficult circumstances. He was the best Michelin runner no matter what the conditions were. There is still a tiny chance to win the World Championship and that means that we will continue to fight in the last round at Suzuka."

DAVID COULTHARD: MP4-17D 08
KIMI RAIKKONEN: MP4-17D 09
T-car (David): MP4-17D 07
Spare: MP4-17D 06

-mclaren-

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