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Haug Admits to Costly Mistakes

Thursday August 16th, 2001

The McLaren-Mercedes team have only themselves to blame for their poor 2001 season, according to Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug.

The Woking-based outfit, powered by the German engines since the 1995 season, have been unable to present a serious challenge to Ferrari both in the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship so far and now the Williams team are only ten points behind them with five races remaining.

McLaren have scored three wins this season and could see Ferrari and Michael Schumacher clinch both titles at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Haug believes the team have made a lot of mistakes in 2001 that have cost them dearly, but admits they will continue to fight.

"We have made mistakes as a team, but that has not destroyed us," Haug told Autosport. "For the fourth year in a row we have been able to fight for the Championship. If you look at the season, we have beaten ourselves more often than the opposition has beaten us.

"We know we can stop the mistakes ourselves. There is a great atmosphere in the team and the guys are closer than before. We always go flat out and that will not change in Hungary."

Published at 15:14:33 GMT

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