Coulthard: No fears in Schu’s back yard

McLaren's Formula 1 World Championship hotshot David Coulthard says the fact that he's up against the Schumacher brothers on their home track at the Nurburgring this weekend doesn't bother him one iota

Coulthard: No fears in Schu’s back yard

Second placed Coulthard will bid to reduce the 18-point deficit to Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, while keeping ahead of Williams-BMW's Ralf Schumacher, who lies 18 points behind him in the championship after his victory in Canada.

"Our history here [at the Nurburgring] is Mercedes-Benz, which goes back much further than the Schumachers," said Coulthard today. "The Silver Arrows claimed this land long before they came along. It's very important for me to get 10 points here this weekend. We will be competitive, but we'll have to see where we are on Sunday night."

Coulthard says the Woking-based outfit knows where it needs to find time in the battle for supremacy with the Italian marque.

"I think we consistently need to improve and get more from our tyres in qualifying," he said. "Ferrari are very strong in qualifying and we're very strong in the races. But the whole point about racing is to get points. I'm going out there every time to win.

After retirement in Canada, due to a blown engine, Coulthard refuses to be downhearted at this latest setback.

"I don't want to be in a position where we're dropping points, but the championship wasn't decided in Canada," he said. "This is a business where you push everything to the limit. It just highlighted one of our mistakes. That mechanical problem was no different to what Ferrari [Schumacher] suffered at Imola when their front brake broke."

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