Coulthard needs better results

Coulthard needs better results

David Coulthard is well aware that he is lagging behind in the championship stakes and knows he needs to get some better results on his score card. The McLaren driver took early victory at the Australian Grand Prix but has not been on the podium...

David Coulthard is well aware that he is lagging behind in the championship stakes and knows he needs to get some better results on his score card. The McLaren driver took early victory at the Australian Grand Prix but has not been on the podium since. Four further points-scoring finishes have put him joint fifth in the standings.

David Coulthard.
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"The title is wide open and no-one is dominant at the moment," said Coulthard. "A win suddenly brings you back into it, but at the moment I am not getting enough from my results to make an impact. I am going backwards relative to the championship leaders."

"It just hasn't clicked for me. It is not a question of trying to redo what I am doing, but getting it right in qualifying. It is not like I am being outpaced and outraced. I need to get some real bankers in qualifying in Canada and take it from there. I have had a few weak sessions now."

The Scot doesn't think that Williams' performance in Monaco means it is now going to leap forward. Ralf Schumacher took pole position and Juan Pablo Montoya the win but Coulthard puts it down to strategy rather than improvement.

"It was a strategy win, so I really don't think it changes anything a great deal," he commented. "Montoya came close to winning the race in Melbourne and he just managed to get it right this time. Williams clearly deserved the victory in Monaco but they didn't blow everyone else into the weeds."

Coulthard is currently on 25 points -- along with Montoya and Schumacher -- 23 points adrift of leader, and McLaren teammate, Kimi Raikkonen.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren , Williams