The West McLaren Mercedes team finished the last race of the season with David Coulthard claiming second place and Mika Hakkinen fourth. David was only 0.732 seconds behind the race winner Michael Schumacher. David Coulthard: 'I managed to move...
The West McLaren Mercedes team finished the last race of the season with David Coulthard claiming second place and Mika Hakkinen fourth. David was only 0.732 seconds behind the race winner Michael Schumacher.
'I managed to move from third to second at the start and took the lead when the team told Mika to move over on lap three as they realised he had jumped the start. Unfortunately I went wide at the exit of turn six picking up some grass, which went into the radiator inlets causing the engine temperature to rise. As a result the team decided to call me in for my pitstop early to remove the grass. I rejoined the race and was stuck behind Michael but was putting him under as much pressure as I could without getting into the dirty air created by his car. If he had made a mistake I would have got past him, but unfortunately he didn't and I had to settle for second. I would like to thank the team for their work during 2000 and am already looking forward to Australia.'
'Not an ideal way to finish the season. My car moved a little before the start, but I was stationary before the lights went out. My one stop strategy would have been correct and my car was working well, so I believe I could have won. The team did a fantastic job, and I want to thank everybody for their great efforts during the year. I'm generally happy with the season and have some good memories. I'm now looking forward to a break before we start testing in December to prepare ourselves for 2001 when we want to renew our Championship challenge.'
'We would have liked to finish the season with a win and it is clear that both of our cars today were capable of victory. The race reminds us that small errors can always determine the outcome of an event. However, after their mistakes both David and Mika raced well to achieve their respective positions. Now is the appropriate time to congratulate both Michael and the rest of the Ferrari team for their Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. I hope that they party for at least three months in order to give us a head start for next year.
'An exciting race with David challenging Michael Schumacher right to the end. Mika was on a one-stop strategy but was hampered by his stop-and-go penalty however he recovered well from last to finish fourth. A great season has ended in which both our drivers were competing for the World Championship for most of the year. All the guys in the team did a great job throughout the season, and I want to thank them all for their hard work. We are focusing on next year when we want to have another go at the Championships. Congratulations to Ferrari for winning the Formula One Constructors' and Drivers' World Championships.'