West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Italian Grand Prix in seventh place -- half a second away from a points position -- after fighting his way up the field from last following an incident at the start which forced him...
West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's Italian Grand Prix in seventh place -- half a second away from a points position -- after fighting his way up the field from last following an incident at the start which forced him into the pits for a new nose. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen retired from fourth place with engine failure on lap 30. David had his scheduled pitstop on lap 37, which lasted eight seconds. David is fifth in the Drivers' World Championship with 37 points and Kimi is sixth with 20 points. The West McLaren Mercedes team remains third in the Constructors' World Championship with 57 points
"Not the ideal way to end the European season, but onwards and upwards. After the start at the first chicane I ran into the back of Kimi as he slowed to avoid a car in front of him, and I wasn't quick enough to react. As a result I had to go into the pits and get a new nose and then spent the rest of the race catching up. I was very careful to let the leaders through when I was lapped which lost me time and in hindsight that probably cost us a point."
"I got in front of Eddie Irvine at the start and after that it was a matter of staying on the track. If I had been able to finish the race, I would have been third today, but it's one of those things out of my control, and I'm already looking forward to the last two races of the season."
"Both drivers suffered from different problems which precluded them from finishing in the points. As always our target is to win which means there is a great deal of work to do before the start of the 2003 season."
"David lost his chances of a good result in the shuffle at the first chicane which forced him into the pits for a new nose delaying him for more than 30 seconds. Kimi's race went according to plan when he was stopped by an engine failure on lap 30, the cause of which we will have
David Coulthard: Chassis 08
Kimi Raikkonen: Chassis 07
T-car (David): Chassis 03
Spare: Chassis 09