Tuesday May 29th, 2001
Two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen has admitted his 2001 season has been a disaster so far, following yet another disappointment at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
The Finn is enduring his worst start of a season since 1994, when he scored only three points in the first seven races with the Peugeot-powered McLaren. In 2001, Hakkinen has scored just four points in the seven events that have taken place so far, having a fourth place in San Marino as his best result.
After retiring from the fifth time this season at Monaco, Hakkinen admitted his chances of fighting for the title this year are almost over.
"If I think about my hopes for the championship, then it looks like a disaster," he said. "I cannot find the words to say how I feel after having one problem after another this season. I just cannot describe my feelings and how disappointed I am."
Hakkinen currently lies 36 points behind teammate David Coulthard and 48 behind Championship leader Michael Schumacher.