Austrian GP McLaren race notes

Mika Hakkinen: "I'm very happy to claim my 16th victory here in Austria. More importantly it's a great result for the whole team with today's one-two victory giving us the lead in the Constructors' battle. We are definitely on track and I'm back...

Mika Hakkinen:
"I'm very happy to claim my 16th victory here in Austria. More importantly it's a great result for the whole team with today's one-two victory giving us the lead in the Constructors' battle. We are definitely on track and I'm back to where I want to be. At the start I had the advantage that I was on pole, which meant that I could take a nice and more importantly a clean line into the first corner. Now we have seven races to go and clearly everything is open."

David Coulthard:
"Today's result is a great one for the team. I knew from the beginning that I was carrying more fuel than Mika and inevitably he would be quicker in the opening stages of the race. When I didn't manage to get past him at the start I decided to look at the big picture, which is the Championship, and settle for second place."

Ron Dennis:
"A well executed but more importantly disciplined race from both drivers and the team. They were free to race from the start, but at the point where we recognised the outcome of the race was subject only to reliability, we asked the drivers to drop their pace which they both did. At the end of the day we are a team and the result demonstrated that."

Norbert Haug:
"Mika put in an excellent performance with David rounding up what has been a perfect weekend for the team. This was a big step in our campaign for the World Championship with David now only six points behind Michael Schumacher and Mika two points behind David. Its good to head for Mercedes-Benz's home race at Hockenheim leading the Constructors' Championship by six points."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren