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26-May: At the post Race press conference for the Monaco GP, David Coulthard was delighted to win the Monaco Grand Prix particularly given McLaren's recent lack of pace and said "It's unbelievable. I feel fantastic because naturally we've had a difficult start to the season. It was looking pretty difficult for us to win a Grand Prix and our hopes were pinned on coming to Monaco that we could have a good performance. Obviously that's been the case and the traction control which obviously caused me some problems last year worked fantastically this year and then it was just a question of keeping it off the barriers."
David was confident of having a great start thanks to improvements made by the McLaren launch control people and said "I just think that the software guys have worked extremely hard, and we've made some improvements since the beginning of the season. Obviously the first few races we were getting beaten off the start and that really made us concentrate because you do all the work in qualifying but then if you give away a place down at the first corner then it's very expensive. They've made some big steps forward and they were all confident, based on what happened in Austria, that I would lead into the first corner, just by looking into the analysis of the start from the Williams there, so all I had to do was take my finger off the button and hope they were right."
Coulthard admitted that he was under pressure for most of the race and said "As you saw, during the first few laps I opened up a small gap then my tyres were graining, incredibly, and I thought I was going to really be in big trouble. I dropped, I think two or three seconds on some of the laps, and then once they cleaned up, they came back. And yes, as you say, I had to keep pushing and this is the sort of track where you can feel quite under control and then just one mistake can take you close to the barrier and thankfully I didn't make any mistakes really except at the chicane where you have a bit more room to do so, and I only touched one barrier during the race at the swimming pool, and otherwise it was a perfect race."
On the smoke coming out of the car halfway through the race, David said "I radioed to say that I thought I was losing a little bit of power and then after that I saw some of the smoke but the engineers told me that they couldn't see anything, or what they actually said was that there was no problem, so whether that means that they could see something but they felt it wasn't a problem. And then it seemed to clear up, so that was OK. There wasn't that much smoke when it was smoking."
As for his prospects for Canada, he said "Well, obviously Canada is a very different circuit and even when you think of last year, when we were quite competitive in the first half of the season, I think we were on the second row there, so it may be a different story in Montreal, but nonetheless, I think we are all going to enjoy this victory. It will be difficult to come back and especially this season, and I'm delighted that I was able to win this race for the McLaren team."

Michael Schumacher indicated that it would have been very close if he didn't have traffic after his pit stop but added that McLaren deserved the win and said "If the traffic we had during the first couple of laps after our pit stop we wouldn't have had this. It would have been very tight. But anyway, they did a great job and they really deserved this win today."
Michael indicated that he enjoyed watching Montoya for the first half of the race and said "It was quite entertaining to watch Juan. He was clipping a few barriers, locking up, going sideways. He was overdriving a bit. It was actually sometimes I thought he would be close to that he is going to hit something and if I was staying too close it could be a problem, so he didn't, he kept his concentration together."
Michael added that he kept pushing until the last lap but David didn't give him any chances and said "I kept on pushing because in Monaco, nothing is for certain and you really have to go until the last lap, last corner, and that's what I did. I was trying to get my opportunity but he drove a fine race and didn't give me any chance."

Ralf Schumacher indicated that he was happy to have finally finished a Formula 1 race in Monaco and said "I had actually never finished here in Formula One. The last time I finished here was in Formula Three, I think it was in 1994 or 1995, I don't know. So I am pretty happy to be here today."
He indicated that the car was good but not good enough to match the McLaren or Ferrari on this track and said "The car was reasonable. It was good to drive. Obviously not quick enough today, but obviously that was one of the most difficult for us here. We have improved. Compared to the last two years we are looking a lot better. We had an unexpected higher tyre wear, that is why we came in a bit early, and then I had this problem with the other tyres so I had to come back in again, but it didn't hurt me besides the fact that it looks now that I have a big gap to the front. But I am still third so that's fine."
When asked about Juan Pablo's problems, he jokingly said "Well it was definitely not a team order! That was not the case. I think he had a technical problem in the backside of his car. I don't know exactly what it was but he knew that he couldn't go as quick so he let me by."

26-May: What the teams and drivers said following the Race in Monaco ... Report

26-May: Monaco GP Race: David Coulthard wins the race ahead of Michael Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher. Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

26-May: Monaco GP Warm-up Session: Heinz Harald Frentzen sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes


Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:

Session Time (Local / GMT) - Current local time
Thursday Practice Session 1
Thursday Practice Session 2
Saturday Practice Session 1
Saturday Practice Session 2
Qualifying Session
Warm-up Session
Race
11 AM Monaco Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Monaco Time / 11 AM GMT
9 AM Monaco Time / 7 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Monaco Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1 PM Monaco Time / 11 AM GMT
9:30 AM Monaco Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2 PM Monaco Time / 12 PM GMT
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