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  Monday, 16 July, 2001, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Coulthard retains title hopes
David Coulthard in action during the Canadian Grand Prix
Coulthard: Holding on to his Championship hopes
David Coulthard insists he can still be crowned world champion despite losing further ground on Michael Schumacher at the British Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old will dust himself down and take the title fight to Ferrari's Schumacher after being dumped in the Silverstone gravel after just three laps on Sunday.

Coulthard's attempt to become the first man since Jim Clark to win a race three years in the row was ended by a first corner mix-up with Jordan's Jarno Trulli.

The Scot was boosted by McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen's emphatic victory even though second place was good enough for Schumacher to extend his lead to a mammoth 37 points with just six races left.

David Coulthard in determined mood ahead of the British GP
Coulthard remains positive

The German failed to equal Alain Prost's record of 51 race wins but that was of secondary importance.

Schumacher needs just 24 points to be certain of a fourth drivers' crown even if Coulthard can pull off the seemingly impossible and win all the remaining races.

But the Scot intends to quickly get over his disappointment at a test session at Monza in Italy this week before heading for Hockenheim on Sunday week.

"I do feel very disappointed and a bit down," said Coulthard.

"Obviously my chances of the championship are now very difficult, but I refuse to give up until the points don't add up.

"But I've now got to think about Monza and how do I make the car quick and how do I go forward from here.

"I'm encouraged by the performance of the car. Ferrari were completely on the wrong strategy plus they had some problems as well.

"But it's about time Michael had a bit of bad luck. It's only fair and sporting he has something go wrong at Hockenheim," he added.


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