Monday June 11th, 2001
Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug has conceded that BMW-Williams had a better package in Canada and his McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen could not have caught race winner Ralf Schumacher.
Schumacher cruised to victory in his Michelin-shod Williams with Mika Hakkinen making his first podium of the season in third. But that was the best Haug believes the team could have hoped for on the day.
"I am sure Mika could not have beaten Ralf, but his speed was comparable with Michael Schumacher," said Haug. "But the package of Williams, BMW and Michelin worked well here and was better than us like last time at Imola.
"Mika's car was good and he got stuck in traffic at the start and lost two places and came back to finish on the podium."
Haug admitted that the team took a risk with Hakkinen as his car was over-heating in the latter stages of the race.
He added: "We wanted to check the temperatures were high with the cooling and we knew he could have a problem. We continued as long as we could with him - a calculated risk."