McLaren to keep Hakkinen, Coulthard for 1999

MOBIL 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 1998 Today in Hockenheim, the home Grand Prix of Mercedes-Benz, Prof.Jurgen Hubbert, member of the board of management of Daimler-Benz AG, announced on behalf of the West McLaren Mercedes team the...

MOBIL 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 1998 Today in Hockenheim, the home Grand Prix of Mercedes-Benz, Prof.Jurgen Hubbert, member of the board of management of Daimler-Benz AG, announced on behalf of the West McLaren Mercedes team the re-signing of its drivers, David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen for the 1999 season.

JURGEN HUBBERT 'Today is a very special occasion; it is the home Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz and I am glad to announce the driver line-up for next year. Mika and David have proved their worth in past seasons and in addition to their performance on the track they are supported and admired by the entire Daimler-Benz workforce.'

RON DENNIS 'The team spirit and consistency of both David and Mika this season has played a key part in our decisions. We are fortunate to have two top drivers in our team and there is every indication that they are only going to get even better. We are looking forward to a competitive end of season and we have, of course, got our sights on the World Championship.'

NORBERT HAUG 'I am delighted to have David and Mika as our team pairing for the fourth consecutive year. The team has always supported these guys and today they are stronger drivers than ever. I expect them to develop even further and their respective performances during the last race in Austria proved what they are capable of doing.'

DAVID COULTHARD 'I am proud to be part of the team for the fourth year running. I respect Mika and whilst I hope to beat him on every occasion, it is good to have such strong competition within the team. I strongly believe that as a driver, my best is ahead of me.'

MIKA HAKKINEN 'Naturally I am very pleased that I will continue to drive for the team next year. We have had a great past and we have an even better future. Further more, the relationship between David and me is exceptional. We have both lifted our game this year and we are determined that this will continue in the future.'

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