McLaren was frustrated by traffic problems at the Monaco Grand Prix, but managed to reclaim the lead in the constructors’ rankings.

McLaren was frustrated by traffic problems at the Monaco Grand Prix, but managed to reclaim the lead in the constructors’ rankings.

Kimi Raikkonen finished second, while David Coulthard, last year’s winner in Monaco, was way back in seventh. But they managed to take McLaren to 73 points in the constructors’ championship, two points ahead of Ferrari.

Both drivers complained about traffic problems. "I'm a bit disappointed as traffic meant that I was unable to take advantage of the fact that I was able to stay out longer than Montoya before stopping,” said Raikkonen, who leads the drivers’ standings with 48 points.

“However that is Monaco for you and at least I have increased my Championship lead. I got a bad start, which allowed Montoya to get past me and after that it was really just a matter of putting as much pressure as possible on him to try and force him into making a mistake but unfortunately he didn't."

Coulthard was also disappointed that he could not ahead. "Obviously I could not run the pace I would have liked as I got stuck behind Jarno Trulli for the main part of the race and unfortunately he was on the same fuel stop strategy as I was,” Coulthard said. “Otherwise considering the speed of my car and our strategy I would have had the chance to gain a much better position."

"A good race for Formula One but the Monaco traffic was particularly frustrating and significantly affected Kimi's ability to win and David's opportunity to exploit the speed of his car, but that is Monte Carlo,” said team boss Ron Dennis. “On a positive note we are leaving Monaco having regained a narrow but important lead in the Constructors' Championship and maintained our advantage in the drivers' rankings."

Original article from Car