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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mika: Lack of championship spurs DC on

Mika Hakkinen believes one of the reasons David Coulthard continues racing is the lack of a world championship.

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, the former McLaren star expressed surprise some drivers stay in the sport so long, citing his former teammate as an example.

Coulthard is 37.

Hakkinen said he thinks DC is motivated by the fact he hasn't won a world championship, saying he too would likely have remained in the sport under similar conditions.

Hakkinen retired in 2001 having won the world championship twice. He was still in his early 30s.

The Finn told the Gazette he ruled out a return a couple of years later because he felt he had nothing left to prove.

Privateers unnecessary, says Fry

It may come as a bit of a shock, but Nick Fry doesn't think the sport needs privateers.

In an interview with Autosport, the Honda Racing CEO said he feels the sport should focus on luring more manufacturers, rather than "not-very-well funded" privateers.

Fry specifically cited Volkswagen and Audi as examples of the kind of companies Formula One should be after.

BMW's Mario Theissen and Red Bull's Christian Horner, however, do not agree with Fry's view, saying cost control should be the target.

Raikkonen heads day 2

Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari edged McLaren to top the charts for day two of testing at Paul Ricard.

It was the second and last day of testing on a tight configuration mimicking the conditions teams will face in Monaco. Day three testing will take place on a long, fast configuration aimed at preparing teams for Montreal.

Raikkonen set a fast time of 1:05.381, putting him just ahead of fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen's 1:05.471.

Robert Kubica was third once again with a 1:05.905.

David Coulthard picked up where teammate Mark Webber left off yesterday, placing fourth. Monaco may be an ideal track for Red Bull and its new-found pace.

Jenson Button was fifth, and Sebastian Bourdais's second taste of the new STR3 went much better than last time, the Frenchman taking sixth.

Jarno Trulli, Nelson Piquet, Kazuki Nakajima, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella rounded out the field. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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