David Coulthard endured a weekend to forget at Monza after an Italian Grand Prix that failed to deliver for the Red Bull Racing man.

The Scot saw his weekend start to go wrong during qualifying when a gearbox issue forced him to spin off during the opening phase, which meant he started the race down in 20th place on the grid.

When the race kicked off, Coulthard made a solid start before contact with the rear of Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault damaged the front wing on his RB3. That damage then led to the Scot going off into the tyres at the Curva Grande to force the deployment of the Safety Car and end his race early.

"I touched the back of Fisichella's car in the middle of the first chicane and broke my front wing," he said. "When I accelerated, the downforce pushed the wing underneath the front of the car and broke the steering. I went straight off the track and into the tyres, that was the end of the weekend."

Team-mate Mark Webber admitted to struggling with the balance of his car throughout the race, but was embroiled in a heated battle with Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg in the early stages of the race but just missed out on making it into the points - finishing less than three seconds behind Button in ninth place.

"I had a pretty good start and a good scrap with Jenson and Nico over the first few laps," he said. "I tried to be as consistent as possible on the heavy load fuel I was running, and to keep the best rhythm I could, but it wasn't easy as the car wasn't that easy to drive.

"It was one of the most difficult races I've done in terms of inconsistent balance, so we need to improve that and sort out some of the reliability issues that are still affecting us. It's disappointing to only finish ninth after the effort we've put in over the last few weeks."

For team boss Christian Horner it was something of a frustrating race and he admitted that the team needed to find more from the car heading into the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend.

"David had what looked to be a nasty accident after making contact with Fisichella at the chicane," he said. "The impact damaged his front wing, which caused it to collapse through the next fast right hander. Effectively, he was a passenger for the rest of his journey across the grass into the tyre barrier.

"Thankfully he's totally uninjured. Looking to Mark, ninth is always the most frustrating place to finish and we've finished there what seems too many times this season. Mark extracted the most he could from the car, so we need to find more pace going to Spa next weekend."

 

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