Watson thinks Toyota right for Coulthard

Former Formula One driver John Watson believes that David Coulthard will not be driving for McLaren next year and that Toyota would be a good team to head for. Watson, who won four Grands Prix with McLaren in the eighties, thinks Kimi Raikkonen...

Former Formula One driver John Watson believes that David Coulthard will not be driving for McLaren next year and that Toyota would be a good team to head for. Watson, who won four Grands Prix with McLaren in the eighties, thinks Kimi Raikkonen was bought to the Woking team to be groomed for the future and there's no place left for Coulthard.

"I've been told DC won't be at McLaren next year," Watson claimed in the British press. "And Toyota is a team going places. I think it would be the right move for him. Just as McLaren brought in Mika Hakkinen when they knew Ayrton Senna was on his way out of the team, so they brought in Kimi this year to be tutored; David is there as cannon- fodder for Kimi."

"David is not the future for McLaren, Kimi is. David has always been like the adopted son, rather than the natural child at McLaren. He knows he is there to do a job and that's it. There's no human relationship with Ron (Dennis, McLaren boss.). I respect the way Ron runs his team but he is totally pragmatic."

"I sometimes think the team has a lemon in their mouths," Watson commented. "They don't smile. Ron is actually a very generous man, but he wants to be seen to be tough and in a business context he is. He learned his lesson on money with Senna. He realised he paid him far too much and should have spent that money on the development of the car."

Coulthard has been with McLaren for seven years and it's been suggested that 2002 will be his last. The team have former star Mika Hakkinen still under consideration and an option on Raikkonen. Coulthard had already stated he would be driving for McLaren next year but Dennis said he has yet to make up his mind. Toyota have also not confirmed drivers for next year.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Kimi Raikkonen , Ayrton Senna , John Watson
Teams McLaren