Wednesday March 28th, 2001
Two-time champion Mika Hakkinen needs a victory more than ever in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix if he is to get himself back into contention for the title.
Hakkinen must end Michael Schumacher's six-race winning run if he is to be successful at Interlagos, but he intends to get McLaren back into contention after a disappointing start to the season.
"We always enter a race weekend with the intention of winning and this is the key target for Brazil," Hakkinen said. "The team and myself are working as hard as possible to secure the desired result.
"I enjoy racing at Interlagos as the Brazilian fans have a real passion for the sport and the atmosphere is always fantastic."
Hakkinen's teammate David Coulthard believes his winter training regime will ensure he is prepared for the demands of the anti-clockwise circuit. He also said the team's success at Interlagos in the past could be a major factor.
Coulthard said: "Interlagos is a greater physical challenge than some of the other tracks, and it demands a high level of fitness, which I have been focusing on over the winter.
"The circuit also offers genuine overtaking opportunities, in particular through the first corner, adding to the interest of the race.
"Historically the Brazilian race has been successful for the McLaren team and I hope we can continue this trend in 2001."