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Coulthard Not Worried about Launch Control

Wednesday May 23rd, 2001

McLaren driver David Coulthard is confident that his team's launch control system will work in Monaco and said that he will definitely use the driver aid at the start on Sunday.

The Scot stalled on the line at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, where the systems were introduced, and teammate Mika Hakkinen had problems in Austria.

But Coulthard, who lies second in the Championship four points behind Michael Schumacher, is confident his team have full explanations for what were two totally separate problems, and there is now no question that launch control is the best solution for the start.

"It's quicker," he said. "To rely solely on the traction control is a slower way of starting for us and I think you have to maximise everything that you have. I will be using it.

"I think when you sit on the grid," continued Coulthard when asked of his confidence in the system, "you're not thinking about anything other than reacting to the lights. I wouldn't be sitting there thinking 'oh, I hope the button works' because you would probably miss the lights."

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