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Newey Confirms Hakkinen Concussion

Sunday March 4th, 2001

Adrian Newey, McLaren's technical director confirmed that Mika Hakkinen suffered a concussion after his high-speed exit from the Australian Grand Prix.

Hakkinen went out of the race with suspected rear suspension failure on lap 26 as he attempted to overhaul Michael Schumacher's lead at Albert Park.

Newey said the impact of a collision with a tyre barrier left the Finn concussed and the team were concerned the same problem could hinder Hakkinen's team-mate David Coulthard.

"At the moment we don't know exactly what happened," Newey said. "It is suspected suspension or brake problems.

"All we can say is that Mika was very shaken and he is suffering from slight concussion. There are marks on his helmet. Obviously we were very concerned for David (Coulthard) at the time."

Coulthard, in the end, did not suffer the same problem and finished second behind Schumacher in the race.

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