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West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's SAP United States Grand Prix in fifth place. Mika Hakkinen retired from second place on lap 25 with an engine failure while catching Schumacher - it was the team's first retirement...

West McLaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard finished today's SAP United States Grand Prix in fifth place. Mika Hakkinen retired from second place on lap 25 with an engine failure while catching Schumacher - it was the team's first retirement since the Brazilian Grand Prix in March.

David Coulthard
'I'm sorry and frustrated that I jumped the start, which meant I received a 10 second stop-and-go penalty. I worked my way through traffic but my second set of tyres was not as good as my first one and as a result I couldn't push as hard as I would have liked and had to settle for fifth.'

Mike Hakkinen
'Obviously I'm disappointed not to get any points today but we still have two races to go. I was stuck behind a Minardi for quite a number of laps, but once I got past I was catching Schumacher with more than half a second per lap. Unfortunately I had to retire with an engine failure.'

Ron Dennis
'Our commitment to winning the World Championship is undiminished. Obviously the outcome of today's race is less than satisfactory but its only one race in 17, and with two to go there are more than enough points available. Despite the outcome of the race we have enjoyed Indianapolis and hope the spectators had a great time.'

Norbert Haug
'I feel sorry for Mika. He really had the speed to win but an engine failure forced him out of the race. It was the first technical failure for 13 races. But we certainly will not give up. David was catching up after his stop-and-go penalty, however he was not as quick on his second set of tyres as he was on his first one, when he posted the fastest lap of the race.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Minardi