F1 News - Monday 26th July

Haug philosophical Norbert Haug, motorsport boss of Mercedes-Benz, has been speaking about the collision in yesterdays race. "That shunt could have cost Mika and the team another world title, but if it does, then that is okay. It was just a...

Haug philosophical

Norbert Haug, motorsport boss of Mercedes-Benz, has been speaking about the collision in yesterdays race.

"That shunt could have cost Mika and the team another world title, but if it does, then that is okay. It was just a racing accident and it is better to let the drivers get on with it than to control them all the time. The world championship remains wide open and that is great for the fans and for the sport."

Irvine hits out

Eddie Irvine has given a vocal message to the media critics.

"The Italian papers were saying we were tossers when we were not close in practice, but they didn't take into consideration how much fuel we were running, This just shows how little they know. I have proved that I can do the job, but I now appreciate the pressure Michael is under. You are expected to perform because Ferrari is the team just about everyone wants to win."

Ford reveals Schumacher snatch plan

Ford have said that they want to lure Schumacher to the Stewart team. Martin Whitaker, motor sport chief at Ford, has said that they are going to talk to him about a possible move. The German is signed to Ferrari until at least 2002. It is believed his contract may be until his retirement.

Coulthard blames Zanardi for failure

David Coulthard has hit out at backmarkers - and especially Alex Zanardi - for failing to let him through during the race, and said it cost him the race.

He said that Zanardi was "not entirely professional on the track in terms of getting out of the way of quicker cars - but that's racing. Sometimes you have to expect to find idiots in the way."

Zanardi says radio broke

Alex Zanardi has said that a radio failure, and him failing to notice the pit board, caused him to run out of fuel in yesterday's race.

"The radio was working initially, I heard every single message from the garage. But it stopped working some time before my engineer was calling me into the pit for refuelling"

Coulthard accepts the blame

David Coulthard has accepted he was at fault for yesterdays collision in the Austrian GP. "Today was my nightmare scenario, not only did I take out my team mate, I also finished second to our opposition. I was on the brakes going into the corner but by then Mika was turning in. I am very sorry for what happened. I completely misjudged the corner."

Mika Hakkinen didn't say much about the incident "Whatever happened at the second corner is no longer important, I appreciate David's apologies. The car did not feel right after the incident but I just went flat-out to regain positions."

Badoer lashes out at Ferrari

Luca Badoer has said that he is upset at Ferrari's decision to put Mika Salo in the Ferrari instead of him. "I'm very disappointed, I do not agree with it because I think I was the right person. I'm under contract for that job, I am their test driver. They said it would be too much pressure on me and everyone in the team. I do not agree, I have a very strong character and mind. I know I could have coped with the pressure but I have to accept the decision. Now I just have to forget it. Of course I'm upset but my relationship with the team is like before. I'm a professional and next week I will test the Ferrari as well as I always do.'

-- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Luca Badoer , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Alex Zanardi , Norbert Haug
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes