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Flu-Hit Hakkinen Happier After Practice

Friday May 11th, 2001

Mika Hakkinen in action todayFlu-hit Mika Hakkinen admitted that his performance in Friday's free practice has boosted his confidence. The Finn played down his chances of winning the A1-Ring race on Thursday, but he said after practice that his display has boosted his hopes.

"I'm pleased with our performance," said Hakkinen, who topped the times in the morning but ended second behind team mate David Coulthard.

"We went through a lot of work and were consistently quick and experienced no problems. I'm looking forward to the weekend on a track which I always enjoy."

Coulthard was not entirely happy with his McLaren-Mercedes car despite topping the times, but vowed to get the balance right for Saturday's qualifying.

"We made progress through the day on a track which is still quite dusty and slippery," said Coulthard. "We haven't got the maximum out of the car as yet and I am not 100 per cent happy with the balance.

"But we are heading in the right direction. This track requires a lot of front end grip on the tyres which is what we have to keep working on."

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