Hakkinen not happy with car

Unhappy Mika Hakkinen complained his McLaren was far from perfect as he qualified off the front row for only the second time this year

Hakkinen not happy with car

He was also undone by the German weather as he tried to outfox rival Michael Schumacher in his own back yard.

The World Champion had set the fastest time heading towards the middle of the session, but David Coulthard and then Schumacher bettered his time

Before he had a chance to respond the ominous slate grey clouds unleashed their cargo of rain.

"I'm naturally disappointed to be third," he said. "I don't think my car was performing as well as David's today.

"The car set-up wasn't perfect but it's not a big problem.

"It was not 100 per cent in any of the practices and qualifying proved that the car is not optimum for me - and we were not able to make changes quick enough for me.

"But we've just got to be happy with what we have got."

The Finn performs in front of an estimated 3000 Mercedes guests on the German engine manufacturers home track.

"It is a great thing to have so many Mercedes and McLaren fans, but you are concentrating on driving so much you do not see the grandstands.

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