Coulthard admits title chances are over

David Coulthard admitted his title hopes are over for another year after he was punted out of the Italian Grand Prix

Coulthard admits title chances are over

"That's it. It's over, disaster and finito," he said as he walked away from the paddock in Monza.

He was hit from behind as Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Rubens Barrichello collided, triggering a six-car smash which collected Coulthard, who was ahead of them and braking for the second chicane.

"Mathematically I still have a chance and I will be doing everything I can, but it's unlikely I have a chance now," he said.

The Scot has fallen 19 points behind team mate Mika Hakkinen at the top of the points table and would have to win two of the last three races without his rival scoring just to stand a chance of winning the title.

"I haven't given up on it and I could still have a couple of good races - and if I go into the last race only nine points behind, I still have a chance," he said.

Asked if he expected team orders to be implemented at the next race, in the USA, he said: "I don't know, you'll have to ask [McLaren team boss] Ron [Dennis].

"It really goes without saying I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the race," he added. "Particularly since I was the innocent victim of an accident which happened behind me. Everyone knew the first lap was going to be tough so its a shame this happened."

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