Brazilian GP McLaren race notes

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard claimed victory in today's Brazilian Grand Prix -- the 10th Formula One win of his career. Mika Hakkinen had a problem at the start and as a result was unable to take part in the race. David remains ...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard claimed victory in today's Brazilian Grand Prix -- the 10th Formula One win of his career. Mika Hakkinen had a problem at the start and as a result was unable to take part in the race. David remains second in the Drivers' World Championship with 20 points and the West McLaren Mercedes team is second in the Constructors' Championship with 21 points.

David Coulthard
'I'm really happy with today's result and it couldn't have happened without the hard work put in by the entire team these past couple of weeks. When you start a race from fifth you don't expect to win, which makes today's result even more special. It was a race where we used the right strategy and took a good decision with the set up. We were certain that it was going to rain and set the car up for this, which meant it was not working to its optimum in the dry conditions at the start of the race. We still have some work to do and are expecting to improve the car and engine even further for San Marino -- I can't wait.'

Mika Hakkinen
'Obviously I'm very disappointed and I'm not quite sure what happened. The lights came on and I was getting ready to go but then the clutch behaved so unpredictably and it cut the engine immediately and that was the end of my Brazilian Grand Prix.'

Ron Dennis
'Of course it goes without saying that this was one of David's best drives. He and his engineers did a great job at optimising the car for the different weather conditions that we predicted prior to the race. His pace in the rain was sensational and his discipline once in the lead was extreme. In the end the points speak for themselves. Mika's clutch problem effectively eliminated him immediately. The pit lane entrance being so far from the start line made it impossible for the mechanics to restart his engine. There are still 14 races to go and you only have to look at last year to appreciate that this Championship is still wide open.'

Norbert Haug
'David's drive was exceptional. He beat Michael Schumacher fair and square in the extremely changing weather conditions. David really deserves this win. We will continue to further improve the car and engine. I feel sorry for Mika, but the team will provide him with a better package.'

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