Coulthard willing to help Hakkinen's title cause

David Coulthard is willing to sacrifice an historic victory in the United States Grand Prix - and his outside shot at the world title - to help make team mate Mika Hakkinen the world champion for a third time.

Coulthard willing to help Hakkinen's title cause

After snatching the second grid spot from Hakkinen in the dying moments of qualifying at Indianapolis, Coulthard declared his qualified support for the Finn's bid to extend his points advantage over Michael Schumacher. But he made it clear that McLaren will not consider imposing team orders until a point-scoring scenario is established during the race.

"I don't think it will be discussed [before the race] because there's absolutely nothing we can do until we get out there and race," he said. "We try to race as hard as we can until the situation becomes clear and that probably won't be until after the pit stop."

Coulthard, who is confident he can out-drag poleman Schumacher to the first turn, expects to be ordered to move over for Hakkinen if it will take points away from the German. He would even give up a potential win to aid Hakkinen - a move that would rule him out of title contention.

"Yes, I would expect them to ask me to move," Coulthard said. "If Michael's going to score at all, then you have to try to maximise the points. I'm a long shot for the championship and Mika's looking pretty good, so I understand what the team has to do."

With three races to go, Coulthard trails Hakkinen by 19 points. The defending two-times world champ leads Schumacher 80 to 78.

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