Coulthard expects new McLaren contract

David Coulthard is not concerned about stories suggesting BMW WilliamsF1 star Juan Pablo Montoya is about to take the Scot's place in the McLaren-Mercedes team and believes that it is only a matter of time before his new contract is confirmed with the team

Coulthard expects new McLaren contract

Coulthard, who has struggled to come to terms with the new one-lap qualifying system in Formula 1 this year and trails his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 29-points, is convinced that he is still competitive in terms of race-pace and has what it takes to build a championship-winning campaign.

"There's no question that my weak area this year has been qualifying but my pace in terms of driving the car and race laps has absolutely been on it," said Coulthard. "I'm not struggling for a lap time so from that point of view, I don't believe I have any worries."

The Scot's position in the team has been the subject of speculation this year, as his young and less-experienced team-mate continues to fight for the world championship title with points leader Michael Schumacher.

"Punches hurt, stories don't," said the Scot. "I have always worked on the basis of what I know... and I know my contractual position. So it's a question now of waiting until the team are in a position to make an announcement.

Comments made by Mercedes Motorsport Norbert Haug on the eve of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim appear to back up Coulthard's claims. "Maybe we won't surprise you at all," the German said. "A couple of things need to be sorted out, I personally do not expect surprises for next year.

"Whatever you read about us offering however many millions to other teams to get their drivers, forget it."

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