Disastrous race for Brits at Monza

All three British drivers in the Italian Grand Prix were left with nothing to show for their efforts, despite McLaren's David Coulthard and BAR's Jenson Button both holding down point-scoring positions early on

Disastrous race for Brits at Monza

Coulthard was battling for fifth with the Williams of Marc Gene when his engine failed on the start/finish straight.

"The engine began to sound a bit rough and my pace dropped which allowed Marc Gene to close up," said DC. "All of a sudden the engine stopped and that was it. I was struggling with the balance throughout the race with lots of oversteer which made it hard to attack the corners. We tried to rectify the problem by dropping some wing in the pitstops, but no luck."

Button ran as high as fifth in the first pit stop cycle, but had already suffered when his launch control malfunctioned at the start. He then began to lose gears and was forced out just before half distance.

"I lost second and then first, which meant I had to push the clutch in around the slow stuff to stop the engine from stalling," he said. "It's very disappointing. The car was fast enough to get into the points, but not reliable enough to keep it there."

Jaguar's Justin Wilson endured another torrid race, and a problem with engaging first gear meant he was forced to start in second. He then dropped out soon after, due to losing further gears - his third non-finish in as many races for the team.

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