Coulthard wants straight fight

David Coulthard could gain advantage if the on track clashes between Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya continue but the McLaren driver said he would rather win in a straight fight than through others' misfortunes. Coulthard finally scored...

David Coulthard could gain advantage if the on track clashes between Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya continue but the McLaren driver said he would rather win in a straight fight than through others' misfortunes. Coulthard finally scored points in Brazil -- after a first corner incident between Schumacher and Montoya saw pole sitter Montoya relegated to fifth -- and believes taking wins any way you can get them is not right.

"I wouldn't say carry on crashing because genuinely your goal is to win, beating everyone on the track. That is the ultimate goal," he said in Imola today. "If you are just happy to take wins any way, if that's your view on life, then you'd be quite happy to cheat old people out of money and all that sort of thing. This is about pitting yourself against the best people in the world and beating them. You can't go to race weekends saying okay, if the two crash into each other there's a good chance of getting 10 points here. But it goes without saying if they crash into each other, they're not on the track and then it increases your chances of winning."

While Schumacher and Montoya seem to be having a running feud, Coulthard himself is no stranger to run-ins with the German. After watching videos of the champion's clash with the Colombian in Brazil he agrees with Montoya that Schumacher was at fault.

"I've watched that incident repeatedly and to me Michael clearly makes a deliberate swerving manoeuvre to the left after his initial manoeuvre to block Montoya," commented the Scot. "That isn't what the regulations say you are allowed to do. That could at least have been treated as an incident (by the stewards), maybe have called him (Schumacher) up and talked about it. But it was a clear 'no incident' and that sends out a confusing message."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren