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OCTOBER 13, 2000

Schumacher blasts Coulthard and Villeneuve

New world champion Michael Schumacher has blasted David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve after claiming they are the only two Formula One drivers he has a problem with.

The Ferrari driver has accused McLaren's Coulthard and British American Racing's Villeneuve of never discussing their problems with him face-to-face.

"It is always the same drivers who I have problems with, like David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve for example," Schumacher said.

"They all talk and talk and talk all day but never say anything to my face. It's surprising but there's nothing I can do about it."

Villeneuve and Schumacher have never been the best of friends following the German's attempt to sabotage the Canadian's 1997 world title success.

Schumacher drove into Villeneuve's Williams in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, in an attempt to boost his own title hopes by ending the Canadian's race. He has admitted his move was wrong.

"We were so close to the title then," Schumacher added. "Villeneuve was on the inside and I tried to close the door where the time for closing was long gone.

"I was simply too late. In the moment I didn't think, I simply reacted. It was my mistake."