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banner Sunday, 17 March, 2002, 10:24 GMT
Coulthard rues 'terrible' weekend
David Coulthard retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix with engine failure
McLaren had a disastrous time at Sepang
McLaren's David Coulthard has warned his team that they have work to do if their season is not to be frustrated by poor reliability.

Both the Scot and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen retired from Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix with engine problems before half distance.

Equally discouraging for McLaren was that neither had looked competitive at any point during the weekend.

Coulthard said: "It was a terrible weekend.

"It didn't get off on a good footing when I had an engine failure after one lap on Friday, and it was difficult from then on.


The car ran reliably in winter testing, so it's a bit confusing
David Coulthard

"I'm very disappointed. We benefited from the incident with Michael [Schumacher] and [Juan Pablo] Montoya, and was comfortable behind Kimi.

"I felt I could go a lap longer than him [before having to make a pit stop] and jump him, but of course you don't find out if you don't finish."

Coulthard said he was mystified about why McLaren were suddenly running into reliability problems.

"The car ran reliably in winter testing, so it's a bit confusing. We know this is not the way to win races."

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey made no excuses for his team's failures.

He said: "We have only managed to get one finish out of four so far. That obviously is not good enough."

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