Coulthard hoping to redress title balance

David Coulthard is hoping to redress the balance within the McLaren team at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix at Imola after missing out on victory in Brazil through misfortune. The McLaren driver was classified fourth after pitting from the lead just laps before the race was red-flagged.

Coulthard hoping to redress title balance

Coulthard now lies second in the drivers championship, nine points behind his team-mate and runaway leader Kimi Raikkonen. The gap might have been larger but for the FIA, the sport's governing body, decided to award the Brazilian GP win to Giancarlo Fisichella last Friday, after Raikkonen had originally been declared the winner.

"It was a difficult weekend in Brazil from a number of perspectives, primarily the atrocious weather conditions and the circumstances in which the grand prix ended," said Coulthard. "As it was such an incident packed race, which was further illustrated with the announcement last Friday regarding the results (which handed Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella victory following a timing error), it was positive for myself, Kimi and the team to get both cars home in one piece.

"We should highlight, however, that it was again another race weekend at which the entire package worked well and the car felt good, a theme we are looking to continue at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Coulthard's record in the San Marino Grand Prix is excellent, having won the race in 1998 he has not finished out of the points at Imola sinec then: "I have always enjoyed driving at the Imola circuit, it is a track that seems to suit my driving style. In fact I have finished in the top six in the previous five years, and this is a trend that I am looking to further this year!"

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