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Dennis Praises Brave Coulthard

Tuesday June 12th, 2001

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has praised David Coulthard's courage at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, where the Scot drove most of the race with a defective front suspension, risking to have an accident at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.

"My front suspension was detached," said Coulthard, who retired later on when his engine exploded, not finishing a race for the first time this season.

"When I went to the grid a nut from the front suspension was in the cockpit. I threw it over the pit wall before the start of the race. So the whole car was twisted."

Following his performance, the McLaren driver earned the admiration of his boss, who praised his driver's courage and maturity.

"To have a problem like he had and maintain a strong pace was remarkable," Dennis told The Sun. "He discussed the matter rationally with the team as he drove around and then announced he would continue the race. That requires tremendous courage and real maturity."

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