No Hakkinen support for Coulthard, yet

Formula 1 title contender David Coulthard does not expect to get any help from his McLaren team mate Mika Hakkinen at this weekend's European Grand Prix, but believes the Finn will play second fiddle later in the year

No Hakkinen support for Coulthard, yet

The Scot, who has 40 points to Hakkinen's eight, says he is leaving it to team boss Ron Dennis to resolve the thorny issue of when to implement team orders. Double world champ Hakkinen has endured a terrible first half of the season, but publicly insisted last week that he would defy team orders if he was ordered to move aside for the Coulthard.

Asked if he would still go for victory if the team made the request on the radio Hakkinen said: "I would go flat out and win it." But the Finn has set himself a target of the Hungarian GP in August to get his title challenge back on track. Until then Coulthard is on his own.

"I am just concentrating on winning each of the races individually and leave the team to sort out other issues," Coulthard said. "It is not my job to say if and when team orders will be used.

"Basically it's the team's decision. I channel my energy into driving the cars and working with the engineers and leave the team to decide on potential team orders."

Coulthard is 18 points adrift of championship leader Michael Schumacher, and Hakkinen is 50. DC has helped Hakkinen before now and feels sure his team mate will play second fiddle when the time is right.

"I think Mika will support me," said Coulthard, "but only when we know there is no way he can win the championship. He is behind, but if something was to happen he can still challenge. I know I have helped Mika in the past but that has only been when I didn't have a chance for the championship."

shares
comments
Frentzen and Heidfeld Fit to Race
Previous article

Frentzen and Heidfeld Fit to Race

Next article

GP Betting: Home-grown talent to bear fruit?

GP Betting: Home-grown talent to bear fruit?
Load comments
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021 Plus

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton Plus

The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022