Coulthard slipstreams to P2

David Coulthard snatched second position on the grid for the United States Grand Prix thanks to a tactical decision by McLaren technical boss Adrian Newey

Coulthard slipstreams to P2

Coulthard confirmed it was Newey's suggestion to have title-leader Mika Hakkinen give him a tow down the long main straight of the new Indianapolis track giving the Scot a vital burst of extra speed as he started his final flying lap.

"Adrian came across on the radio and asked me if I thought it would help if Mika gave me a tow," he said. "Of course, the answer is always yes.

"It certainly gave me a little extra speed down the straight.

"It's a good thing and I thank him for doing it. But I still had to do the other 13 turns of the track on my own and I'm quite happy with my effort.

"Nevertheless, I made a big gain on that run."

Having beatean Hakkinen qualifying the Scot believes he can also beat Michael Schumacher in the race.

Despite starting from the dirty side of the track, Couthard believes he can beat pole-winner Schumacher away from the startline.

"I feel pretty confident I can get the jump at the start," he said.

The British No1 had to abort an earlier attempt to make the front row of the grid when he ran way wide over the plastic kerbing on the exit of Turn 7.

"I just got on the power too early and got a lot of oversteer," he explained. "I tried to get away with it, but the car went a bit too far over the kerb."

The big question is whether Coulthard will be called on to follow team orders and support Hakkinen's bid to extend his title points advantage over Schumacher.

Team boss Ron Dennis has said the Scot will be allowed to race for victory but admitted there were contingency plans drawn up to implement team orders in the race if necessary.

The Finn starts behind Coulthard in third and his main title rival Michael Schumacher starts ahead of him on pole.

Coulthard is third in the championship with 61 points - 19 behind his team-leader - and still has a mathematical chance of claiming the crown, although it is remote.

For the starting grid for the US GP click HERE.

shares
comments
Schumacher takes pole for USGP
Previous article

Schumacher takes pole for USGP

Next article

Hakkinen bumps himself off the front row...

Hakkinen bumps himself off the front row...
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022
The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Plus

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2022
The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision Plus

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing Plus

Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But MARK GALLAGHER thinks this is highly unlikely

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The Hungarian Grand Prix race result, after a dry race held without safety car conditions, bore little resemblance to what was anticipated after qualifying. While certain drivers were nullified by some iffy strategy calls, others shone to grasp opportunities afforded to them in the last F1 race before the summer break

Formula 1
Aug 1, 2022