McLaren supporting Coulthard title challenge

McLaren supporting Coulthard title challenge

David Coulthard's position at McLaren is on rocky ground now that Juan Pablo Montoya has been signed for 2005, but team boss Ron Dennis claims Coulthard will have full support in 2004. Although Dennis refused to confirm that Coulthard will be out...

David Coulthard's position at McLaren is on rocky ground now that Juan Pablo Montoya has been signed for 2005, but team boss Ron Dennis claims Coulthard will have full support in 2004. Although Dennis refused to confirm that Coulthard will be out of a job at McLaren at the end of this season, he would be more than pleased if the Scot won the championship with the team.

David Coulthard and Ron Dennis.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"If he did (win the title), we'd be in the position that he had won in our car and was 2004 world champion. We'd be absolutely delighted," said Dennis "We're not going to handicap his ability to win the world championship, we're going to give him every opportunity."

Presuming it is Coulthard that will make way for Montoya, what future does the Scot have in Formula One? The young up-and-coming drivers are holding most of the interest for the top teams and the mid-field might not be able to match Coulthard's salary requirements. Dennis is sure David will be in demand if he does well this season.

"We believe that he will do a good job this year and if he does a good job this year then I am absolutely sure he is going to be employed, possibly by McLaren in one form or another, in 2005," he said.

However, the boss believes Coulthard would not settle for anything less than a top car, in which case leaving F1 might be the only other option. "I have not discussed it in depth with David but I would be very surprised, if David has a good year, that he would ever drive in anything that was not a good racing car."

"He will not make the same mistakes, in my opinion, that other drivers have made by going backwards. If he can't go forwards, with us or with some other team, then he will stop. But he hasn't taken that decision."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard
Teams McLaren