Hakkinen blames poor balance

Mika Hakkinen said a badly balanced car cost him the chance to battle for victory in the Italian Grand Prix, but added that he was lucky just to have escaped the first lap carnage unscathed.

Hakkinen blames poor balance

"I wasn't in trouble, I just didn't have the balance to keep up with Michael," the McLaren driver said. "At the pit stop the team made some changes and I was able to fight again. But the Ferrari was better, only a little but it was enough."

Michael Schumacher's victory brings him back within two points of Hakkinen in the title race. It is the first time that the Ferrari driver has beaten his Finnish rival since Montreal in June.

"Being two points ahead in the championship is a lot better than being two behind," Hakkinen pointed out. "I am happy to score points at all, we all saw what happened in the second chicane. One of the other cars only just missed me so I am lucky to finish the race."

Hakkinen also suggested that Schumacher had driven unfairly on the run down to the first corner. The German was criticised by his peers earlier in the season for defending his position over-aggressively by swerving across the road at the start of races.

"I made an okay start and moved over to the inside to overtake and he moved over," said the reigning champion. "Then I moved back to the normal line and he moved over also."

Schumacher, sitting alongside Hakkinen in the press conference at the time, did not respond to the allegation.

shares
comments
Barrichello furious with Frentzen after crash

Previous article

Barrichello furious with Frentzen after crash

Next article

Button caught out by Schumacher tactics

Button caught out by Schumacher tactics
Load comments
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Plus

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021
The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus Plus

The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus

Graham Hill was nearly 30 when he made his Formula 1 debut. NIGEL ROEBUCK examines the life of a gifted racer whose talismanic personality defined an era

Formula 1
Sep 11, 2021