West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen finished todayâ€™s Canadian Grand Prix in third place. David Coulthard was forced to retire on lap 54 whilst in fourth because of an engine failure. David remains second in the Driversâ€™ World...
West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen finished today’s Canadian Grand Prix in third place. David Coulthard was forced to retire on lap 54 whilst in fourth because of an engine failure. David remains second in the Drivers’ World Championship with 40 points whilst Mika moved up to sixth position with eight points. The West McLaren Mercedes team is second in the Constructors’ battle with 48 points.
‘I’m relieved to finally have made it to the podium which is a good achievement when you start from eighth. The pitstop strategy helped to achieve this although I was not 100% happy with the car, because I lost time entering corners. During the last 15 laps, I felt a vibration and I’m not sure what caused it, but at the end it meant I had to hold the steering wheel tighter and tighter.’
‘On the formation lap I realised that I had a problem with the front suspension, as the left to right handling characteristics were different. As the race progressed, it got worse but having discussed it with the team, I decided to continue and go for the points which I would have been capable of achieving. However with 16 laps to go, the engine suddenly let go. I have no doubt that I can still win the World Championship and will continue to work towards it -if you don’t like a challenge you shouldn’t be in Formula One.’
‘A difficult race for David who struggled from the very beginning with a partial failure of the left-hand front suspension. We assessed the risk and ultimately David decided to continue. In the circumstances, he drove an outstanding race up until his engine failed. Mika’s long absence from the podium came to an end as a result of a disciplined drive and well executed strategy. With nine races to go, both Championships are still wide open and as always we will be fighting for points until the end.’
‘Unfortunately the water pressure in David’s engine went up and consequently the water temperature increased lap by lap until the engine failed. At this stage we are establishing what the cause was. It’s nice to see Mika on the podium again. All in all we are not happy with our performance, but now we have to concentrate on the next race at the Nürburgring.’