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David Coulthard
David Coulthard 2007.jpg
Nationality  British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19942008
Teams Williams, McLaren, Red Bull
Races 247 (246 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 13
Podiums 62
Career points 535
Pole positions 12
Fastest laps 18
First race 1994 Spanish Grand Prix
First win 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix
Last win 2003 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
2008 position 16th (8 pts)

David Marshall Coulthard, often called DC, (born 27 March 1971 in Dumfries and raised nearby in Twynholm[1], both in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland.

Coulthard made his Formula One debut in 1994 and won 13 Grands Prix in a career spanning 15 seasons. Twice a winner in Monaco, Coulthard was team-mate to Mika Häkkinen in the Finn's two Drivers' Championship winning seasons for McLaren Mercedes before helping establish the Red Bull team.

Coulthard amassed a notable points haul placing him seventh on the all-time scorers list, being the top British scorer. His best Drivers' Championship finish was second in 2001.

Coulthard is now a pundit for the BBC Formula One TV coverage, while also being a team consultant for Red Bull Racing.

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Biography

Pre-Formula One

Coulthard's Formula 3000 car that he drove for Pacific Racing in the 1993 season

Coulthard began karting at an early age. Allan McNish credited the start given to him, David Coulthard, and Dario Franchitti largely to David Leslie, senior and junior.[1]

Coulthard graduates to Formula Ford in 1989. He won the first ever McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. In 1990, he suffered a broken leg at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, but came back the following year to win Formula Three races at Zandvoort, Netherlands and Macau, China. In 1992, he raced in the Formula 3000 series, finishing ninth, and in 1993 he improved to third overall.

Formula One

1994-1995: Williams

Coulthard driving for the Williams team at the 1994 British Grand Prix.
Coulthard driving for Williams at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

In 1993, Coulthard became test driver for the world champion Formula One team Williams-Renault and played an important role in advancing the car's technology. For 1994 he stayed with Williams as tester, but following Ayrton Senna's death at Imola, he was promoted to the race team alongside Damon Hill for the Spanish Grand Prix. He spent much of the season driving the second car, but had to step aside for ex-champion Nigel Mansell on four occasions. Renault were keen to have a big name in the second Williams, and Mansell, at that time reigning Indycar champion, fitted the bill. Coulthard showed flashes of speed, but errors and bad luck saw him take just one podium, a second-place finish at Estoril. For the last three races he had to sit back and watch Mansell take his place, but it was he, and not Mansell, who would race for Williams full-time in 1995.

Entering the 1995 season, Coulthard was forced by the FOCA Contract Recognition Board to fulfill his contract with Williams despite having an option to race for McLaren that season.[2]

The 1995 season saw Coulthard win the 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix. There were other races where he could have won, but poor luck and mistakes once more cost him. He did score five pole positions, four of them consecutively. However, some unforced errors tarnished his season: at Monza he spun off on the formation lap, whilst in Adelaide he crashed coming into the pits.

When Williams firmed up their driver lineup for 1996 in July 1995, Coulthard was not picked up, freeing him to go elsewhere.[3]

1996-2004: McLaren

Coulthard driving for the McLaren team at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix.

In 1996, Coulthard contracted with McLaren to drive alongside future champion Mika Häkkinen. His first season with McLaren was unremarkable, as the Mercedes-powered team struggled to find speed. He led at Imola and lost out to an inspired Olivier Panis at Monaco.

In 1997, in his second year with McLaren, he finished the drivers championship tied with Jean Alesi for third place (after the disqualification of Michael Schumacher). He had taken two wins and could have added more, but for problems. At Montreal he was leading, but was brought into the pits for a precautionary stop. Coulthard stalled his engine twice whilst trying to exit the pits, losing his lead in the process. What made this even more frustrating for Coulthard was that the race was stopped just a few minutes later due to Olivier Panis' crash. If Coulthard had not pitted, he would have won the race. At Jerez, Coulthard was running in 2nd place towards the end of the race and was catching race leader Jacques Villeneuve after his earlier collision with Michael Schumacher. Due to team orders, Coulthard was forced by McLaren to allow his teammate, who was running close behind him, into 2nd place. On the final lap of the race, Villeneuve let both McLarens by and Coulthard thus felt he maybe should have won the race.

In 1998, the McLaren was consistently the fastest car on track, but it was Häkkinen who made the most of it, winning the title. Coulthard took just one win and spent most of the year in a supporting role.

Coulthard driving for McLaren at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix.

In 1999, a combination of under-performance and bad luck saw him finish the season in fourth place, and McLaren lost the constructors' title to Ferrari. Häkkinen became champion, whilst Coulthard won twice. In 2000, he was involved in a tight battle for the drivers championship with Schumacher and Häkkinen, but eventually fell out of contention into a disappointing third place finish. In 2001 he finished the year in second place, but with barely half the points (65) tallied by runaway winner Schumacher (123).

Coulthard's subsequent years at McLaren, from 2002 through 2004, were disappointing as well, as he was regularly out-paced by younger teammate Kimi Räikkönen. Many of Coulthard's critics argue that his decline began in 2003[citation needed], when the FIA introduced the single-lap qualifying format. Since his Formula Three days, Coulthard had the reputation of being a poor qualifier. He openly admitted that he did not like the format and was a vocal opponent of it. With the announcement that Juan Pablo Montoya was to join McLaren in 2005 alongside Räikkönen, 2004 was to be Coulthard's last year with the team. A poor tenth place finish in the final 2004 standings (24 points, equal with the injured Ralf Schumacher) had not helped Coulthard's cause for 2005 either.

2005-2008: Red Bull

Coulthard signing autographs at the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Red Bull Racing were attracted by Coulthard's experience and signed him for the 2005 Formula One season. He was teamed with the inexperienced Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Coulthard's contract at Red Bull Racing was also extended prior to the 2005 British Grand Prix, prolonging his Formula One career to at least the end of 2006. Coulthard's stint at Red Bull was a renewal for the Scottish driver, who scored points in many races and became one of the more outspoken and media savvy drivers.[citation needed]

For 2006, Coulthard continued at Red Bull, partnered again with Christian Klien. The team were powered by Ferrari engines, with a contract for Renault engines agreed for 2007 during the 2006 season. Technical director Adrian Newey joined the team from McLaren to design the 2007 car. These positive developments led Coulthard to state that he wished to remain with the team after the 2006 season, and to add to his victory tally with them.[citation needed] On 7 August 2006, the day after the Hungarian Grand Prix where Coulthard finished 5th, it was announced the he had extended his contract with Red Bull Racing for 2007 and would be teamed up with Mark Webber.

Coulthard is the highest-scoring British driver ever with 535 points, beating Nigel Mansell's previous record of 482 points. At the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix he also became the 8th member of Formula One's "200 Club", joining Riccardo Patrese, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Gerhard Berger, Andrea de Cesaris, Nelson Piquet and Jean Alesi in the list of drivers to have competed in 200 Grands Prix. In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, Coulthard scored his first podium finish with Red Bull Racing, his best result with the team and also the team's first podium finish. During the trophy presentation, Coulthard wore a red cape as the team was promoting the film "Superman Returns".

After a slow start to the 2007 season, Coulthard delivered two strong drives at the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Spanish Grand Prix where he picked up the team's first points of the season. On 6 July 2007, Red Bull Racing announced that Coulthard's contract had been extended to the end of 2008.[4]

Coulthard driving for RBR at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, where he scored his second podium finish for the team

Coulthard had a bad start to his 2008 campaign after a racing incident with Massa. The Sun newspaper had Coulthard quoting his dissatisfaction with the move itself and Massa's unwillingness to admit fault.

"I know I screwed up the same way with Alex [Wurz] last year, and took full responsibility for it, and I would expect Felipe to do the same. If he doesn't, I'm going to kick three colours of shit out of the little bastard.".
David Coulthard, 2008, after tangling with Felipe Massa.

At the second race in Malaysia Coulthard suffered a bad suspension failure which saw his Red Bull team investigated for car safety. Although cleared to drive, the lack of testing time had a negative impact on his race performance, managing only a 9th place finish. Despite a series of poor performances over the course of the 2008 season he came back and managed to secure a hard fought 3rd place at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, the 62nd podium finish of his Formula One career.

On the Thursday before the 2008 British Grand Prix, Coulthard announced that he would retire at the end of the season, but will remain at Red Bull as a consultant. He retired on lap 1 after colliding with Sebastian Vettel, the driver that would replace at Red Bull in 2009, in his last British Grand Prix.[5]

For Coulthard's final race, he competed in a car with a one-off livery promoting the charity "Wings for Life". In the event, Coulthard retired in the second corner on the first lap after he was hit from behind by Nico Rosberg's Williams. In his final website blog before the race, Coulthard said, "I was thinking of asking the drivers to keep well clear of me into turn 1 to give me a better chance of finishing my last GP but I know all too well that when the lights go out racing instincts take over."[6]

Coulthard's last season in Formula One was filled with frequent crashes, mostly not his own fault. By his own admission, his poor qualifying performances put him in the middle of the pack where bumps and scrapes are common place. After only scoring 8 points in his final season, Coulthard remained characteristically appreciative of what F1 had given him over the last 15 years.

Post Formula One

From 2009, Coulthard has worked on the BBC's F1 coverage as an expert summariser (pundit).[7] He was also the Red Bull Racing reserve driver for the first two Grands Prix of the 2009 season and is remaining with the team as a consultant.[8]

At the 2008 Race of Champions, Coulthard made the final only to lose out to Sébastien Loeb.

Personal life

Coulthard has lived for some time in the tax haven principality of Monaco, and also owns homes in London, Belgium and Switzerland. He owns several luxury hotels in Britain and Monaco, including the Columbus Hotel Monaco, which is located in Monaco's Fontvieille.

On 2 May 2000, while leasing the Learjet of friend David Murray, the aeroplane developed engine trouble while enroute to Côte d'Azur International Airport in Nice, and crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Lyon-Satolas airport, France. Coulthard, his then girlfriend the American model Heidi Wichlinski and personal trainer/bodyguard Andy Matthews survived; whilst Murray's personal pilot David Saunders and co-pilot Dan Worley died.[9]

According to tabloid reports, Coulthard has been associated with a number of women.[citation needed] However, in a BBC interview, Coulthard vigorously denied these claims, stating that the tabloid reports were "out of date and inaccurate." He has been associated with a string of women, including supermodel Heidi Klum, Lady Victoria Hervey, and models Andrea Murray and Ruth Taylor. He has been engaged to models Heidi Wichlinski and Simone Abdelnour.[10]

On 2 June 2006, he became engaged to Karen Minier, a Belgian Formula One correspondent for French TV channel TF1. The couple planned to marry "in the near future".[11] On 14 July 2008, in his ITV F1 column, Coulthard confirmed that he and Karen were expecting their first child, a boy. Dayton Minier Coulthard was born on November 20, 2008, weighing 2.8 kilograms (6 lb 3 oz).

The museum in his home village dedicated to Coulthard is currently independently run by local fan Wendy McKenzie after previously being run by Coulthard's family. It is now the home of the "Twynosi" (a cross between Twynholm and Italian Ferrari fans, the Tifosi), who gather on race days.

On 7 August 2007, Coulthard released his autobiography, entitled It is What It Is. In it, he admits that he suffered from bulimia as a teenager.[12]

Coulthard's second cousin, New Zealander Fabian Coulthard, is also a racing driver,[13] currently racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series for Walkinshaw Racing.

He was also the best man at the wedding of Amanda Holden and Chris Hughes.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1989 Formula Ford 1600 Dunlop/Autosport  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
Formula Ford 1600 P&O Ferries Junior  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
Formula Ford Festival  ? 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
1990 Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries  ? 11 1  ?  ? 5th
Formula Vauxhall Lotus  ?  ?  ?  ? 80 4th
British Touring Car Championship Cook Racing 1 0 0 4 33rd
1991 British Formula Three Paul Stewart Racing 16 0 5 66 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Paul Stewart Racing 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Masters of Formula Three Paul Stewart Racing 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Formula Three Fuji Cup  ? 1 1 0 N/A 2nd
1992 International Formula 3000 Paul Stewart Racing 10 0 0 11 9th
Macau Grand Prix Paul Stewart Racing 1 0 0 N/A NC
1993 International Formula 3000 Pacific Racing 9 0 1 25 3rd
Formula One Williams - - - - Test driver
Le Mans 24 Hours GT Class TWR Jaguar Racing 1 - - N/A DSQ
1994 Formula One Williams 8 0 0 14 8th
International Formula 3000 Vortex 1 0 0 6 9th
1995 Formula One Williams 17 5 1 49 3rd
1996 Formula One McLaren 16 0 0 18 7th
1997 Formula One McLaren 17 0 2 36 3rd
1998 Formula One McLaren 16 3 1 56 3rd
1999 Formula One McLaren 16 0 2 48 4th
2000 Formula One McLaren 17 2 3 73 3rd
2001 Formula One McLaren 17 2 2 65 2nd
2002 Formula One McLaren 17 0 1 41 5th
2003 Formula One McLaren 16 0 1 51 7th
2004 Formula One McLaren 18 0 0 24 10th
2005 Formula One Red Bull 19 0 0 24 12th
2006 Formula One Red Bull 18 0 0 14 13th
2007 Formula One Red Bull 17 0 0 14 10th
2008 Formula One Red Bull 18 0 0 8 16th

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1994 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16
Williams FW16B
Renault RS6 3.5 V10 BRA PAC SMR MON ESP
Ret
CAN
5
FRA GBR
5
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
4
ITA
6
POR
2
EUR JPN AUS 8th 14
1995 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17
Williams FW17B
Renault RS7 3.0 V10 BRA
2
ARG
Ret
SMR
4
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
3
GBR
3
GER
2
HUN
2
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
1
EUR
3
PAC
2
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
3rd 49
1996 Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/11
McLaren MP4/11B
Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
7
EUR
3
SMR
Ret
MON
2
ESP
Ret
CAN
4
FRA
6
GBR
5
GER
5
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
13
JPN
8
7th 18
1997 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes FO 110E/F 3.0 AUS
1
BRA
10
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
6
CAN
7
FRA
7
GBR
4
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
1
AUT
2
LUX
Ret
JPN
10
EUR
2
3rd 36
1998 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/13 Mercedes FO 110G 3.0 V10 AUS
2
BRA
2
ARG
6
SMR
1
ESP
2
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
AUT
2
GER
2
HUN
2
BEL
7
ITA
Ret
LUX
3
JPN
3
3rd 56
1999 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/14 Mercedes FO 110H 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
2
MON
Ret
ESP
2
CAN
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
1
AUT
2
GER
5
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
5
EUR
Ret
MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
4th 48
2000 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes FO 110J 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
DSQ
SMR
3
GBR
1
ESP
2
EUR
3
MON
1
CAN
7
FRA
1
AUT
2
GER
3
HUN
3
BEL
4
ITA
Ret
USA
5
JPN
3
MAL
2
3rd 73
2001 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO 110K 3.0 V10 AUS
2
MAL
3
BRA
1
SMR
2
ESP
5
AUT
1
MON
5
CAN
Ret
EUR
3
FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
3
BEL
2
ITA
Ret
USA
3
JPN
3
2nd 65
2002 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes FO 110M 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRA
3
SMR
6
ESP
3
AUT
6
MON
1
CAN
2
EUR
Ret
GBR
10
FRA
3
GER
5
HUN
5
BEL
4
ITA
7
USA
3
JPN
Ret
5th 41
2003 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110M/P 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
Ret
BRA
4
SMR
5
ESP
Ret
AUT
5
MON
7
CAN
Ret
EUR
15
FRA
5
GBR
5
GER
2
HUN
5
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
3
7th 51
2004 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19 Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 AUS
8
MAL
6
BHR
Ret
SMR
12
ESP
10
MON
Ret
EUR
Ret
CAN
6
USA
7
10th 24
McLaren MP4-19B FRA
6
GBR
7
GER
4
HUN
9
BEL
7
ITA
6
CHN
9
JPN
Ret
BRA
11
2005 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 AUS
4
MAL
6
BHR
8
SMR
11
ESP
8
MON
Ret
EUR
4
CAN
7
USA
DNS
FRA
10
GBR
13
GER
7
HUN
Ret
TUR
7
ITA
15
BEL
Ret
BRA
Ret
JPN
6
CHN
9
12th 24
2006 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
10
MAL
Ret
AUS
8
SMR
Ret
EUR
Ret
ESP
14
MON
3
GBR
12
CAN
8
USA
7
FRA
9
GER
11
HUN
5
TUR
15
ITA
12
CHN
9
JPN
Ret
BRA
Ret
13th 14
2007 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB3 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
Ret
ESP
5
MON
14
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
13
GBR
11
EUR
5
HUN
11
TUR
10
ITA
Ret
BEL
Ret
JPN
4
CHN
8
BRA
9
10th 14
2008 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
BHR
18
ESP
12
TUR
9
MON
Ret
CAN
3
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
13
HUN
11
EUR
17
BEL
11
ITA
16
SIN
7
JPN
Ret
CHN
10
BRA
Ret
16th 8

References

  1. ^ a b http://qosfc.com/HeadlineNews/ViewFullStory/tabid/151/selectmoduleid/498/ArticleID/842/reftab/36/Default.aspx Allan McNish interview on qosfc.com
  2. ^ http://www.teamdan.com/archive/1994/decem94.html
  3. ^ http://www.teamdan.com/archive/1995/august95.html
  4. ^ "Coulthard extends Red Bull deal". news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-07-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6277580.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Coulthard announces retirement from F1". autosport.com. 2008-07-03. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/68798. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  6. ^ "David Coulthard blog". http://www.davidcoulthard.co.uk/blog/default.asp?Display=51. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7745347.stm
  8. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/5049227/David-Coulthard-on-stand-by-as-Red-Bull-reserve.html
  9. ^ BBC News | SCOTLAND | Coulthard survives plane crash
  10. ^ "Sundaymirror.co.uk". Sundaymirror.co.uk. http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17075504%26method=full%26siteid=62484%26headline=exclusive%2d%2d7m%2dcoulthard%2ddumped%2dme%2d%2d%2dthen%2dwanted%2dhis%2d%2dpound%2d15k%2dmini%2dback%2d%2d-name_page.html. 
  11. ^ "Coulthard to marry true love". itv-f1.com. 2006-06-12. http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=36267. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  12. ^ "Coulthard reveals bulimia battle". news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-08-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6954569.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  13. ^ "Coulthard Mk II makes his mark". news.bbc.co.uk. 2002-01-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/1746601.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Formula Three Masters Winner
1991
Succeeded by
Pedro Lamy
Preceded by
Michael Schumacher
Macau Grand Prix Winner
1991
Succeeded by
Rickard Rydell
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

1989
Succeeded by
Warren Hughes
Preceded by
None
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
1989
Succeeded by
Gareth Rees
Preceded by
Robb Gravett
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1991
Succeeded by
Tim Harvey
Preceded by
Damon Hill
Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
Damon Hill
Preceded by
Ivan Capelli (1992)
Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
1995
Succeeded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
1998
Succeeded by
Eddie Irvine
Preceded by
Eddie Irvine
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
2000-2003
Succeeded by
Jenson Button
Preceded by
Eddie Irvine
Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year

2000–2002
Succeeded by
Jenson Button








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