Coulthard hits back at his critics

McLaren Formula One star David Coulthard has fired a broadside at critics who say he's simply not good enough to beat Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen in a title fight

Coulthard hits back at his critics

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Autosport magazine, Coulthard says it is wrong to belittle his performance against the two world champions.

"Do I need to apologise that two guys on top of their form have been finishing in front of me?" he said. "Can I not have the dream that I can improve to the point where I can beat them? Do I have to accept that I'm just never going to because I just haven't? I don't think so."

Coulthard is adamant that this season has been his best in Formula One. He finished third in the world championship, scoring 73-points, and insists there is more to come.

"I think I am still coming up," he said. "The fact I've got more points than ever before shows I am improving. I don't think there is any evidence that I am any worse as a driver or I have peaked out. There is enough evidence, whether you are a doubter or a believer, to show an improvement.

"While I still believe I can improve, there is every opportunity to beat Mika. I see the challenge of beating Mika in the same car as a big motivation. I sometimes feel that if he wasn't here I would feel very hollow because he is one of the best guys in F1."

The 29-year-old Scot still firmly believes he has the talent to become world champion - and sooner rather than later.

"I don't see winning the championship as the hurdles others might see it," he said. "It's not a wall. Consistency of performance and some luck stands between myself and winning the title.

"The fact I have beaten Mika in individual races shows I can do it, but what I haven't done is do it over the course of a season. I am not going to dodge off somewhere else. My time is now."

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