Tuesday June 26th, 2001
After finishing in a distant third place at the European Grand Prix last Sunday, McLaren's David Coulthard is not confident on being able to do much better this weekend at the French Grand Prix at Magny Cours.
Coulthard and his McLaren team were clearly outperformed by both rivals Williams and Ferrari at the Nurburgring circuit, where championship rival Michael Schumacher scored his fifth win of the season to edge 24 points clear in the standings.
Without time to test between the two Grands Prix, Coulthard is expecting to have a hard time in France again.
"We hope to be only four-tenths off the pace at Magny-Cours," Coulthard was quoted as saying by the BBC. "I don't know. Let's wait and see, but it's a track that, with the nature of the corners, can be quite hard on the tyres.
"So, in qualifying, again, unless the tyre that we have available to us works well on our car there, I don't think we have something in the set-up that we can change. It's probably something a bit more fundamental."