Italian GP McLaren race notes

Chassis Numbers Mika Hakkinen MP4 - 14/05 David Coulthard MP4 - 14/07 T.Car MP4 - 14/02 Mika Hakkinen of the West McLaren Mercedes team led from pole position until lap 29, when he spun off the circuit at the first chicane and out of the ...

Chassis Numbers Mika Hakkinen MP4 - 14/05 David Coulthard MP4 - 14/07 T.Car MP4 - 14/02

Mika Hakkinen of the West McLaren Mercedes team led from pole position until lap 29, when he spun off the circuit at the first chicane and out of the race. David Coulthard had a difficult run up to the first corner and dropped down to sixth position. Following this he encountered understeer during the first part of the race which hampered his progress. He finished in fifth place.

MIKA HAKKINEN 'Naturally I am very disappointed to have made a mistake which ruined the chance for me to extend my lead in the championship. After the start I pulled out a pretty good lead and I was feeling very comfortable with the car when on lap 29 I went into the first chicane, which I have taken all weekend in second gear and I made a mistake and selected first. The rear wheels partially locked up and I spun off with a stalled engine. Of course I am upset with myself but I will make sure this is the last error I make this year.'

DAVID COULTHARD 'A difficult weekend in which I had a problem finding the balance of the car. The amount of times I ran off the circuit shows that it was a very troublesome race and I believe that I have to be content with two points.'

RON DENNIS 'Not one of the best days at the office. A rare mistake by Mika, while David struggled in the first part of the race with understeer. David moved up from seventh to sixth position during the pit stop and benefitted from Mika's retirement which saw him move up to fifth. However, he was not able to improve on that position in the remainder of the race. The points outcome could certainly have been much worse. A well deserved race win for Jordan and Frentzen. '

NORBERT HAUG 'The result was certainly not what we expected from this race. I feel sorry for Mika - to be in the lead and in control of a race is sometimes a really difficult task. Many World Champions have made mistakes in these circumstances, as has Mika today. We will concentrate now even harder to win the championship. Congratulations to Heinz-Harald and the Jordan team for a well deserved victory.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Jordan