Coulthard levels with Schumy on points.
April 15th, 2001
Second place and six points for David Coulthard in San Marino increased his overall score
in the drivers' championship to 26 points, and put him equal first with Michael
Beginning from pole, he had to let Ralf Schumacher pass at the start and was not able to
catch him over the course of the race. "At the start I had too much wheelspin and
Ralf Schumacher managed to get past me on the inside," the Scot explained.
"After that, it was the most uneventful race I have driven this season, but as a
result of inconsistency in my tyres, also the most difficult. It's good to be on the
podium again and I'm pleased with the six points and my Championship position."
Mika Häkkinen also lost out at the start, and dropped back from 2nd to 4th. At the end of
the day, it was the same position that he crossed the finish line in. The Finn faces the
knowledge that his team mate is now 22 points and 6 places ahead of him in the
"The start basically decided the outcome of my race, when I was passed by Montoya and
Trulli," he said. "It's very difficult to overtake at Imola unless the driver in
front of you makes a significant mistake, so I was stuck in fourth place for most of the
race. Nevertheless I'm happy to have scored points and my current situation, whilst being
better than last year, is very similar - the Championship is still open."