Advantages Ferrari's biggest rival, English Team, Coulthard and Hakkinen
Disadvantages Bad season for Hakkinen, Coulthard needs to be supported more
McLaren boss Ron Dennis has always offered the majority of his support for Mika Hakkinen a.k.a The Flying Fin, but in this season (2001) Mika hasn't been performing to his usual standard. But it isn't just the 2 time World Champion's fault, the McLaren car has failed him several times, including one unfortunate break-down on the last lap of a race in which Mika Hakkinen seemed sure to win. This season (2001) seems to be in favour of Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher although the other McLaren driver David Coulthard (of Scottish nationality, yay!) isn' far behind him.
McLaren were known to have the bet car, winning them many victories especially when Ayrton Senna drove for them, Hakkinen was 2nd to Senna until Senna's untimely death in the San Marino Grand Prix, which was possibly because of debris remaining on the track. Coulthard has always had the potential to be champion but has been (until recently) overshadowed by Mika Hakkinen.
McLaren are Ferrari's only real threat, although William's have done exceptionally well this season, with a brilliant car and the younger of the two Schumacher brothers Ralf driving for them, Williams has the potential to add to the pair of dominant teams. McLaren are an English team, but they aren't the only one.
The team is well known for the excellent pit stops, which usually help the drivers gain first place up on the podium, the car has had some balancing problems and has stalled in a few races for unknown reasons, but as soon as them problems are ironed out, McLaren may be up for another championship win.
Tyres have also played an important part this season, with Minardi returning to F1. Whilst McLaren and Ferrari have both chosen the Bridgestone tyres, Williams have had many successes over McLaren and Ferrari with their custom-made Michelin tyres.
So...if you happen to be flicking through channels one Sunday Afternoon at around 1pm, switch to ITV, and cheer for McLaren.
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