Ron Dennis comments on Australian GP

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - McLaren will discuss whether to continue the controversial "after you" finish agreement between drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard before the Brazilian Grand Prix. McLaren, who gained maximum...

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - McLaren will discuss whether to continue the controversial "after you" finish agreement between drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard before the Brazilian Grand Prix. McLaren, who gained maximum points from the season's opening race, also hit back at accusations that their new two-pedal braking system was illegal by claiming other teams did not ``have the brains" to develop it. A spokeswoman for the Formula One team said Hakkinen and Coulthard's one-two finish at the Australian Grand Prix, after Coulthard had waved his team mate through in the dying stages, was a "freak occurrence." "Obviously we will try to avoid a similar situation and hopefully it (the agreement) will not be necessary," she said. ``It was a freak occurrence and is unlikely to happen again." The two drivers, on the front row of the grid, had agreed before the race that whoever led at the first corner would not be challenged by the other driver. Hakkinen reached the corner first but subsequently made an unnecessary pit stop, leaving Coulthard in the lead. But the Briton decided to let his Finnish team mate through in light of their agreement, a decision which angered race organisers and punters. The agreement was due to cover the Brazilian Grand Prix on March 29 but the spokeswoman said the team would discuss whether it should continue. "Obviously when we get out to Brazil we will have to discuss it. The objective for the team must be to come away with as many points as possible," she said. The sport's ruling body, the FIA, announced on Monday the team would not be punished for the agreement. In an interview in Britain's Daily Mirror, McLaren boss Ron Dennis said other teams were acutely embarrassed that they had not followed McLaren's lead in developing their novel and inex- pensive brake system. Six teams made an official complaint on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix, asking the FIA to look into the system which they claimed gave the McLaren cars illegal traction control and power steering. The McLaren spokeswoman said the system had already been used in a race car at the end of last season and the team had kept the FIA informed throughout its development to ensure it was "perfectly legal." "Some teams complain they do not have the money to develop something like this but it's more accurate for them to say `we do not have the brains'. And that's not my problem," Dennis said in the interview. The McLaren cockpit has a small brake pedal to the left of the main brake pedal which allows the car to turn into corners later and control cornering through the rear brakes alone, the Mirror said. The car is able to adopt a tighter line through the bend, and limit wheelspin and increase traction on leaving the corner.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams McLaren