David Coulthard  Great Britain

  • Full name David Marshall Coulthard
  • Birth date March 27, 1971
  • Birthplace Twynholm, Scotland, Great Britain
  • Current age 43 years 211 days
  • Height 1.82 m
  • Weight 74 kg
  • Teams McLaren, Red Bull, Williams
  • Other roles Commentator
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1994 Williams 8 8 0 1 5 2 0 0 3 2 0 14 8
1995 Williams 17 17 1 8 9 1 5 7 1 2 1 49 3
1996 McLaren 16 16 0 2 9 2 0 0 4 0 0 18 7
1997 McLaren 17 17 2 4 10 1 0 0 3 1 0 36 4
1998 McLaren 16 16 1 9 12 1 3 10 1 3 0 56 3
1999 McLaren 16 16 2 6 9 1 0 6 2 3 0 48 4
2000 McLaren 17 17 3 11 14 1 2 9 1 3 0 73 3
2001 McLaren 17 17 2 10 13 1 2 3 1 3 0 65 2
2002 McLaren 17 17 1 6 13 1 0 1 2 1 0 41 5
2003 McLaren 16 16 1 3 11 1 0 1 2 0 0 51 7
2004 McLaren 18 18 0 0 14 4 0 0 3 0 0 24 10
2005 Red Bull 19 18 0 0 14 4 0 0 5 0 0 24 12
2006 Red Bull 18 18 0 1 13 3 0 0 7 0 0 14 13
2007 Red Bull 17 17 0 0 10 4 0 0 5 0 0 14 10
2008 Red Bull 18 18 0 1 13 3 0 0 7 0 0 8 16
Total 247 246 13 62 169 1 12 37 1 18 1 535
Race Circuit Date
First race Spanish Grand Prix Catalunya May 29, 1994 Race results
Last race Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 2, 2008 Race results
Profile

For much of his career David Coulthard carried the hopes of British fans, but despite driving cars with championship-winning potential, he never took the ultimate prize. As a driver he was very highly respected in the paddock and after retiring he was made a pundit on the BBC's F1 coverage.

He started karting at eight-years-old in Scotland and was a multiple national champion by the time he stepped up to Formula Ford at the end of 1988. In his first full season he won the FF1600 title and he soon started moving up through the ranks. In 1990 he won the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award and was given a test in that year's championship-winning McLaren. By 1993 he was testing regularly for Williams and had progressed into the ultra-competitive F3000 championship, where he finished third overall behind Pedro Lamy and champion Olivier Panis. During the same season he competed at Le Mans and won the GT class in a Jaguar XJ220, only to be disqualified after the event for having an illegal exhaust system.

In 1994 he was named as Williams' official test driver and was drafted in to race when Ayrton Senna died in an accident at Imola. He competed in eight races that season and scored a podium finish in Portugal before he was replaced by returning champion Nigel Mansell for the final three rounds. For 1995 he was given a full season alongside Damon Hill, and with it came his first F1 victory. 1996 saw him move to McLaren to partner Mika Hakkinen, where he began a long and successful relationship with the team. With the increased involvement of Mercedes as an engine supplier, it went from strength-to-strength and he won at least one race every season from 1997 to 2003. However, his championship-winning opportunity passed him by and he instead played second fiddle to Hakkinen's title bids in 1998 and 1999. His best season result was in 2001 when he finished a distant second behind Michael Schumacher.

In 2005 he moved to Red Bull where he saw out the last four years of his career. He appeared to leave one year too early, as Adrian Newey's prodigious design influence only started to bear fruit in 2009. Despite the odd comment to the contrary, however, Coulthard is content with his new position at the BBC, where he offers a driver's perspective on every race, and in 2011 he replaced Jonathan Legard as a main commentator alongside Martin Brundle.

Strengths and Weaknesses
He was a consistent performer during his career but lacked the necessary edge to win championships. He also got involved in a large amount of accidents.

Career High
Winning the French Grand Prix in 2002 and giving Schumacher the middle finger during their tight battle for the lead.

Career Low
Crashing out on the first lap of his last grand prix after scoring just eight points in a disappointing final season.

Quotes
"I am not motivated by recognition, I just do things I like doing - racing, shagging, eating and drinking."

On sitting in the cockpit on the 2008 British Grand Prix grid: "I can feel the water soaking into my boxer shorts, and at my age I'm not sure whether I've wet myself or if it's the rain."

Trivia
His all-time hero is Hugh Hefner and he admits to having read Playboy magazine from cover to cover in his youth. "Yes, it featured naked women but they weren't the point of the magazine," he said in an interview. "It was more about aspiration and a certain kind of good living."

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October 15, 2014

David Coulthard dons a Keke Rosberg wig and moustache while driving the Finn's 1982 Williams

May 14, 2014

BBC pundit David Coulthard talks to Martin Brundle in the paddock

October 30, 2013

David Coulthard displays a Red Bull on top of the Burj Al Arab helipad

     

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