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Coulthard Criticises Prost over Incident with Frentzen

Saturday August 18th, 2001

McLaren's David Coulthard criticised Prost officials on Saturday after being held up in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying by German Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

The Scot ended up on the front row for a race that could hand the Formula One title to Ferrari's Michael Schumacher but Coulthard was still unhappy about the incident.

"It happens sometimes that you get traffic and you have to expect one incident on a track like this," he said in a post-qualifying news conference. "But I was just a little frustrated because he (Frentzen) went literally at cruising speed through the first corner and I feel that his team should be giving him the information.

"His team manager or his engineer should be able to tell him 'Okay, Heinz a car's just passed the start/finish'. Our team certainly do that and that's what's frustrating - that other people don't have the same level of professionalism."

Frentzen is making his Prost team debut on Sunday after being fired by Jordan last month. The German later apologised to Coulthard in a Prost team statement.

"I just did not see him coming in my mirrors and I compromised one of his quick laps," he said.

Published at 17:00:45 GMT

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