David Coulthard is hoping for a competitive 2004 with McLaren that will lead to a good drive for the following year. The Scot's future is uncertain since McLaren announced the signing of Juan Pablo Montoya for 2005 and it seems inevitable that ...
David Coulthard is hoping for a competitive 2004 with McLaren that will lead to a good drive for the following year. The Scot's future is uncertain since McLaren announced the signing of Juan Pablo Montoya for 2005 and it seems inevitable that Coulthard will be leaving the Woking squad. For the moment, though, he is fully focused on this year.
"I have to beat Kimi (Raikkonen) and everyone if I am to win the world championship, and that is my goal. What my focus is on at the moment is race one and getting a good, solid start to the season and finding how competitive the car is. We come here hoping the McLaren is a pace-setter, a reliable car and one that gives us the opportunity to win races."
There has been much speculation about the performance of the MP4-19 in winter testing, where its times appeared off the pace. Coulthard would like to think the lap records that have been broken by rivals are just showmanship.
"I am hoping that other teams have been doing glory runs, sponsorship-finding runs that we see during the winter," he said. "I know the McLaren way is to work on reliability and develop the tyres and it's almost secondary to find out ultimately what the car will do on low fuel. There is not one team that has been 100% reliable during winter testing."
As for the impending arrival of Montoya, probably to take David's seat, Coulthard won't let it distract him: "It's unusual to have an announcement so early, so that is a new thing for the sport," he commented. "But it doesn't take away from the job at hand, which is to drive the car as quickly as possible and get results."