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David Coulthard: "Championship-wise I'm not where I wanted to be after winning in Monaco," I stalled the engine just before the formation lap, and the team started the car at the last moment. According to the rules that means a stop-and-go ...

David Coulthard:
"Championship-wise I'm not where I wanted to be after winning in Monaco," I stalled the engine just before the formation lap, and the team started the car at the last moment. According to the rules that means a stop-and-go penalty. It was a shame because I was definitely quicker than Schumacher, and who knows what would have happened."

Mika Hakkinen:
"I was quick off the line at the start and managed to get alongside Barrichello coming into the first corner. However, Villeneuve managed to get next to me so I decided to play it safe and ease off rather than ending up in the gravel trap. As a result both Barrichello and myself were stuck behind Villeneuve for a number of laps. Even so I believe if I had managed to overtake Villeneuve at the same time as Barrichello passed him I could have got past the Brazilian as well. I finally found a way past Jacques and I was able to go flat out. Then it started to rain and my race was pretty much over."

Ron Dennis:
"After any race its important to analyse why mistakes if any are made. Putting aside David stalling on the grid, which has happened to many top drivers, perhaps in hindsight we were too conservative in our decisions when reacting to the changing weather conditions which shouldn't be so surprising with nine races left in the Championship. Clawing back a points deficit has been and I hope will continue to be one of our specialities."

Norbert Haug:
"After the stop-and-go penalty for David our chances to win the race were gone. Today a few things didn't go our way so we have to be content with three points. We will work hard to stay in the title race and we will of course go for it at Magny Cours in two weeks' time."

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