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Jonathan Legard
Jonathan Legard
Even Michael Schumacher has bad days
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David Coulthard
It's a good day for my side of the garage
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Sunday, 4 June, 2000, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Lady luck smiles on Coulthard
David Coulthard
Coulthard celebrates his thrilling Monaco GP victory
David Coulthard became the first British driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix since Jackie Stewart in 1973, when he took the chequered flag after a dramatic race through Monte Carlo's tight turns on Sunday.

Coulthard twice benefited from other's misfortune, passing Jarno Trulli when the Italian's car failed midway through the race and again when Michael Schumacher was forced out with a rear suspension problem after dominating for 55 laps.

But the Scot was delighted with his second victory of the season - the eighth of his career - particularly as it came at such a famous venue.

"I've always said there were a few GPs I'd really like to win and Monaco was one of them because it's technically one of the most challenging for any driver," Coulthard said.



OK, I benefited from Michael and Jarno but I've had my share of bad luck

David Coulthard
"Michael had a big lead but obviously that took a toll on his car. You've got to have a reliable car and keep away from the barriers. I was able to do that."

Prior to Schumacher's retirement, the German had built up a huge lead with a series of fastest laps.

"I didn't think I could take 36 seconds from him," Coulthard admitted.

"I was beginning to think he could walk on water but I found out he gets wet just like the rest of us."

Exhaust failure


Michael Schumacher
Schumacher: Missed opportunity
Schumacher was disappointed about losing what looked a certain fifth success at Monaco and an opportunity to put further distance between himself and the two McLaren drivers in the drivers' championship.

"We had an exhaust failure, one of the pipes broke and basically cooked the suspension," the German said of his retirement.

Michael's younger brother, Ralf, also suffered the anguish of retirement, as well as physical pain, when he crashed out of six place after 38 laps.

The Williams driver was stretchered away and needed stitches on a deep cut in his left leg.

World champion Mika Hakkinen had a less rewarding grand prix than his McLaren team mate, qualifying only in fifth and struggling throughout the race with mechanical problems.

"Let's just say I'm glad it's over," the Finn said.


David Coulthard
Coulthard: Jubilant
"It could have been worse in the circumstances...I was running in fifth, quite comfortable with that and just looking for the right moment to overtake.

"Then I went into a corner and the brake didn't work."

But after making an emergency pit stop, which dropped him to 12th, he stormed back before a gearbox problem forced him to settle for sixth place, and a single point, behind compatriot Mika Salo.

Steady Eddie

Coulthard's was not the only British success in Monaco. Eddie Irvine claimed a worthy fourth place to win Jaguar their first Formula One points.

Former Jaguar team chairman, Jackie Stewart, said: "It's really what the team desperately needed.

"It's a race of attrition here but you have to finish and that is what Eddie did."

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