Italian GP winners' press conference

Q Johnny, congratulations on your 2nd win of the year. We've got to ask you, do you think your car was a match for Schumacher's today? JH Well, I think Michael was doing a very good job, we knocked of a lot of wing today and I ...

Q Johnny, congratulations on your 2nd win of the year. We've got to ask you, do you think your car was a match for Schumacher's today?

JH Well, I think Michael was doing a very good job, we knocked of a lot of wing today and I think he was keeping it up there. My main stategy was I trying to be happy with the car, I probably had too much wing on for down the straights but I was happy then to use a bit more fuel at the beginning and then keep the car in a tidy sort of position, keep up with everyone else then I had a longer stint which then gave me a bit of time to really push and then when I came into the pits I was able to get a gap.

Q Well, were you happy with your car overall?

JH It was OK again, it's been difficult all year. I'm still finding it difficult now, but it's not as I want it.

Q No one knows where you're going next year. Surely this result has actually helped your position in the drivers market.

JH Well I would hope so. Winning twice in one year has got to be good. There's not many, who have won, racing at the moment, so hopefully there's going to be a good chance of getting a good drive, which I think there is.

Q Mika Hakkinen, congratulations, 2nd place, your 1st podium of the year. The car has not been that reliable this year. Have you finally solved the problems?

MH In terms of reliability we have solved a lot of problems. That has been our biggest enemy this year has been the reliabilty and yes, McLaren and Mercedes, they have done extremely good work now to develop the engine in the situation where you can trust the engine and you can really give a hard time to the engine from start to finish amd you can trust it will last for the end of the race.

Q Are you confident for the rest of the season that that progress will continue?

MH Absolutely, I can tell you there is much more to come. You know, Company Mercedes is now very committed to McLaren and with me and we're looking forward now for the rest of the season to finish more often on the podium.

Q Heinz-Harold Frentzen, congratulations, your 1st podium and you've also this week just signed for Sauber, so it must be a great way to repay the team?

HHF Yes, that's right, it was coming all together this weekend right thing signing for Sauber and then the 1st podium ever. First I have to say I'm really, really happy and I didn't know how sweet it was staying on the podium, the crowd there shouting. For me, it was just amazing. This is the right moment for us because we are in the corner to going up to the better teams and going up to the better performance and this is the right thing to start.

Q Johnny, turning to you. You're now 3rd in the championship do you still feel you're in contention for the championship title?

JH Well, if it keeps happening like it has been so far, then obviously I've got a good chance of going for it, yes. It's the 2nd time I've got 10 points. 10 points are rather handy. It's probably brought me a lot closer and if I can get that consistency there in the race which I haven't got in qualifying, I've done a lot better in the races, then if I keep totting the points up I could be there at the end.

Q Well best of luck for the rest of the season. Gentlemen, thank you very much.

-- David Goodwin

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren