Imola, Sunday 9th April, 2000 Mika Hakkinen Chassis 01 David Coulthard Chassis 02 T-car Chassis 03 The West McLaren Mercedes team claimed their first points of the 2000 season when Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard finished second and...
Imola, Sunday 9th April, 2000
Mika Hakkinen Chassis 01
David Coulthard Chassis 02
T-car Chassis 03
The West McLaren Mercedes team claimed their first points of the 2000 season when Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard finished second and third respectively in the Warsteiner San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Today’s result put the West McLaren Mercedes team second in the Constructors’ Championship.
‘I’m happy to score points, but I should have won the race. Just before my first pit stop I hit a piece of debris on the circuit which damaged the front floor of my car and made it hard to drive for the rest of the race. Also just before my second pit stop my engine cut out on the main straight and I lost time to Schumacher which meant he was able to take the lead following his second pit stop.’
‘I was squeezed a bit by Schumacher at the start and Barrichello managed to get by. He was pretty slow but still difficult to pass. I opted not to take a risk and wait and see if our strategy was right. My car got stuck in first gear in my first stop but I soon caught Barrichello again. At my second pit stop the crew did a fantastic job allowing me to take third place in the pits. I have been quick throughout the weekend and believe that if I had not been held up by Barrichello I could have given Schumacher a hard time.’
‘We are delighted that both cars finished and Mika and David did an excellent job. Mika suffered two problems, the first of which was a damaged floor caused by debris on the circuit sustained early in the race putting his car out of aerodynamic balance. The second problem was an yet to be analysed electronic fault, which triggered an engine reset which cost him three seconds a few laps prior to his second stop. These two problems coupled to a late stop from Schumacher lost us the lead. David’s race was frustrated by a somewhat over zealous blocking manoeuvre by Schumacher at the start, which dropped him behind Barrichello who was clearly struggling. A great second stop by the mechanics moved David to third. His subsequent speed was an indication of what his true potential was. At the end of the day of course this wasn’t the result we wanted, but there are 14 more Grands Prix and it’s clear that we still have the potential to win. We are certainly looking forward to Silverstone.’
‘A very close race, which was motor racing at its very best, and we have scored ten points. Mika drove a fantastic race, but unfortunately an electrical problem cost him three seconds just before his second pitstop. David’s and the mechanics’ performances were superb. At the second pit stop David got past Rubens Barrichello and showed which lap times he was able to do.’