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No Team Orders to Support Coulthard. Yet.

Tuesday May 1st, 2001

McLaren will not harness their entire World Championship efforts behind David Coulthard just yet, team officials said.

The Scot is currently second in the World Drivers Championship standings, just 8 points behind leader Michael Schumacher but some 22 points ahead of teammate Mika Hakkinen. However, McLaren said they will continue to support both drivers until the championship campaign tilts further one way or another.

"In principle we will not ask one driver to drive in a supporting role to the other until he has no chance of winning the title," McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh told The Guardian.

"However," he added, "I think when you get to the point where, to all intents and purposes, our second driver in the Championship placings has no longer got a reasonable chance, then we will obviously call team orders."



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