Adrian Newey Q&A:

Adrian Newey and McLaren have often been criticised for getting their tactics wrong, especially when it's raining, and last year's European GP was a classic example. This time however the team couldn't really be faulted on the timing of its stops.

Adrian Newey Q&A:

Mika Hakkinen shadowed Michael Schumacher into the pits when the rain came down, and would have been right with the German had the team not suffered the sort of fumble that cost Ferrari so dearly in Spain. After that Hakkinen drove a solid race, catching and passing his troubled team-mate and barely putting a foot wrong as he kept Schumacher under pressure until the closing stages.

The Finn had worse luck in traffic, despite being the second man to come up behind the tailenders, and without that he might have been able to close onto Michael at the end. Adam Cooper spoke to McLaren technical director Adrian Newey about an eventful afternoon.

"As you say, a wet race is always a lottery, so we're not unhappy with 10 points, but obviously it's a shame that Michael's extended his lead a little bit. But I think we proved that we were competitive. If there was a slight change in circumstances then Mika would have been the winner. It was in reality quite close."

"Yes, we thought it would probably carry on, but we didn't want to make the mistake of coming in too early, and then have it stop raining."

"Obviously as soon as Herbert came in we monitored his times once he went back out on wets, but even if he was quicker you've still got to be slightly circumspect. If it stops raining you're potentially making two stops you don't need."

"David was behind, and you could argue we had less to lose with him, so we brought him in first."

"We had a problem with the right rear wheel nut, and then he...uh, that was the problem."

"I think he was going very well at the end of the race, but the problem was that occasionally he would lose 3-4 seconds in one lap to traffic."

"Yes, I think Mika was driving a fairly careful race, and he did a very good job. If we hadn't had all the problems with traffic, we would have stood a pretty good chance."

"Not really! It's just another circuit."

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