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United Kingdom David Marshall Coulthard

Races: 247
Podiums: 62
Career Points: 535

YearTeamConstructorPointsPositionEngineChassis
1994United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams 118 Renault RS6 3.5 V10 FW16
FW16B 
1995United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams 112 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 FW17
FW17B 
1996United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren 49 Mercedes FO 110/3 3.0 V10 MP4/11
MP4/11B 
1997United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 63 Mercedes FO110E 3.0 V10, Mercedes FO110F 3.0 V10 McLaren MP4/12 
1998United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 156 Mercedes FO110G MP4-13 
1999United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 124 Mercedes FO110H MP4/14 
2000United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 152 Mercedes FO110J McLaren MP4-15 
2001United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren   Mercedes FO110K McLaren MP4-16 
2002United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 65 Mercedes FO110M McLaren MP4-17 
2003United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 142 Mercedes FO110M and Mercedes FO110P McLaren MP4-17D 
2004United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren 69 Mercedes FO 110Q McLaren MP4-19
McLaren MP4-19B 
2005Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull 34 Cosworth TJ2005 Red Bull RB1 
2006Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull 16 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 Red Bull RB2 
2007Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull 24 Renault RS27 Red Bull RB3 
2008Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull 29 Renault RS27 Red Bull RB4 F1 

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From the hotels, to the supermodel girlfriends, to the yachts, to the tough competitive driving on the race track David Coulthard could not be any more of a throwback to the wild days of the 1960s when hard racing would be followed-up with hard living. But just like the era in which he would drive, his life as a grand prix racer would have a modern twist to it.

Like so many grand prix stars, David Marshall Coulthard's beginnings start well away from the blue waters of the Mediterranean. In 1971, on the 27th of March, David Coulthard would be born in Dumfries, Scotland to Joyce and Duncan Coulthard.

Living in the nearby village of Twynholm, David would be exposed to automobiles from the very first moments of his life. In 1916 Peter Coulthard established a haulage company named after his eldest son. Hayton Coulthard would start out quite small with just a motorbike and a sidecar as the first business vehicle. Not despising the day of small beginnings, the company would continue to grow. However, Hayton would not be interested in the company and would go into farming instead.

Hayton's brother, Jimmy, would take over the business and would expand it. Soon, the company would form another division known as Dunmhor Transport. This was so named after Jimmy's two children Duncan and Morag.

In 1959 Jimmy would die leaving Duncan to quit school to help run the business alongside of his mother. Duncan was just 14 at the time. By 1967, Duncan was running the company full-time. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the company would thrive. The wealth from the business provided Duncan's soon-to-be eleven year old son with an opportunity. By the time David was ten years old the turbocharged era in Formula One was in full-swing. And being around the trucking business all his life gave him the desire to go into racing. David would actually drive karts very early on in his life. But when he was permitted, at the age of 11, DC would enter karting on a competitive basis. Duncan would lend his full support to his son's decision and would use the finances afforded him from his haulage company to fund David's pursuit. Duncan would purchase David's equipment and would pay the costs associated with going racing each and every weekend.

Father's investment would begin paying off rather quickly. Within a half a dozen years David was winning local championships and longed for even better competition. This would lead to him heading south.

In 1985 David would win the Cumbria Kart Racing Club championship and would be poised to enter larger formulas. It would be during this time that Coulthard would meet and befriend fellow Scot Allan McNish.
YearChassisEngine
2008Red Bull RB4 F1Renault RS27
2007Red Bull RB3Renault RS27
2006Red Bull RB2Ferrari 056 2.4 V8
2005Red Bull RB1Cosworth TJ2005
2004McLaren MP4-19BMercedes FO 110Q
2004McLaren MP4-19Mercedes FO 110Q
2003McLaren MP4-17DMercedes FO110M and Mercedes FO110P
2002McLaren MP4-17Mercedes FO110M
2001McLaren MP4-16Mercedes FO110K
2000McLaren MP4-15Mercedes FO110J
1999MP4/14Mercedes FO110H
1998MP4-13Mercedes FO110G
1997McLaren MP4/12Mercedes FO110E 3.0 V10, Mercedes FO110F 3.0 V10
1996MP4/11BMercedes FO 110/3 3.0 V10
1996MP4/11Mercedes FO 110/3 3.0 V10
1995FW17BRenault RS7 3.0 V10
1995FW17Renault RS7 3.0 V10
1994FW16Renault RS6 3.5 V10
1994FW16BRenault RS6 3.5 V10

David would follow up the Cumbria Kart Racing Club championship by winning the Scottish Open Kart Championship 1986. In that same year, Coulthard would become the British Super Kart 1 Champion as well. He would repeat as the Scottish Open Kart Champion in 1987 and again in 1988 while he would again be the British Super Kart 1 Champion in 1987.

After just a few short years of driving karts Coulthard would rise into the ranks of Formula Ford racing. In 1989, his first year in Formula Ford, David would win the Dunlop/Autosport Championship and the P&O Ferries Junior Championship. This would earn him the very first, and prestigious, McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.

Just as Coulthard's career was really beginning to takeoff he would come crashing back down to earth. In 1990, while racing at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, David would suffer a terrible crash that would end with him breaking his legs. This would bring about the end of his season. But just when his career seemed to come to a momentary halt McLaren would come calling. By the end of the year, Coulthard would complete a test for the Formula One giant. Over the next three years Coulthard would experience a number of memorable moments including winning the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort and the Macau Grand Prix in 1991. Then, in 1992, Coulthard would make the move to Formula 3000. The following year, David would finish 3rd in the Formula 3000 championship.

The same year in which Coulthard would finish 3rd in Formula 3000, he would earn the role of test driver for a Formula One team. He could not have joined a more powerful team when he came to Williams-Renault in 1993. Nigel Mansell had taken the title in 1992 with one of the most advanced cars ever seen in Formula One. The dominance would continue in Coulthard's first year with the team as Alain Prost would earn yet another World Championship.

Often overlooked, Coulthard would take part in another very important race in 1993. The name Tom Walkinshaw and Le Mans are about as synonymous as grand prix racing and Monaco. And in 1993, David would partner with John Nielsen and David Brabham in driving a Jaguar XJ220 C in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Arrayed in a dark green and blue livery, the Jaguar would start the race 22nd on the grid and would come in some 69 laps behind the winner. However, the car would be disqualified for having an illegal exhaust. This would bring about the end to Coulthard's Le Mans career, at least to date.

The 1994 season would see Coulthard and the Williams-Renault team suffer great tragedy and become the center of a great hailstorm of worldwide accusation and vilifying. Ayrton Senna's death at Imola in May would cap-off perhaps the darkest weekend in Formula One history and it would cause Williams to be placed in the crosshairs of a very angry and mourning public. Despite being in just his second year with the team, Coulthard would find himself right in the middle of everything performing demonstrations and adding his professional opinion to help explain the reason for the World Champion's death.

RB4 F1  RB4 F1  RB3  RB3  RB2  RB2  RB1  RB1  MP4-19B  MP4-19B  MP4-19  MP4-19  MP4-17D  MP4-17D  
MP4-17  MP4-17  MP4-16  MP4-16  MP4-15  MP4/12  MP4/12  
In spite of Senna's death and the following investigation, the 1994 season would carry on. Coulthard would end up beginning his Formula One career amidst the tragedy and the in-depth investigations. He would drive eight races alongside Damon Hill. The highlight of the season would come at what was to be his last race of the season, the Portuguese Grand Prix. In that race, Coulthard would set the fastest lap of the race and would follow Hill home to complete a one-two finish for Williams-Renault. In spite of the 2nd place result, Coulthard would be replaced by Nigel Mansell for the remaining three races of the season. It was suggested Mansell had been hired to drive the final three races since it was desirable to have another big name driving alongside Hill.

The 1995 season would see Coulthard firmly planted in the seat of the second car. His season, despite some unforced mistakes and reliability issues would be quite successful. He would go on to score four 2nd place finishes and would be on the podium some eight times. His greatest moment of the season would come at the very same track in which he scored his first podium, Portugal and Estoril. The race would see a clean sweep by the Scot. He would go on to earn the pole, beating out his Williams teammate. When the race started, Coulthard would immediately be on the pace. And by the 2nd lap he would set the fastest lap. Because of his pace, Coulthard would cruise to victory with a margin of more than seven seconds over Michael Schumacher. This was a great moment in the season for Coulthard. Not only would it be his first victory in Formula One, but it would also help shore up his eventual 3rd place in the standings at the end of the season. And although the season had been marked with some more errors in judgment and reliability woes there was no denying Coulthard's abilities as he would prove quite capable and fast winning five pole-positions on the season. Four of those poles would come in consecutive races.

Before starting his first race for Williams-Renault, David had signed a contract to race with McLaren. However, this contract would be considered void. In would end up being a blessing as those couple of years would be a time of struggle for the once dominant constructor. Nonetheless, when his contract with Williams-Renault had come to an end, David would join Mika Hakkinen at McLaren.

United Kingdom Drivers  F1 Drivers From United Kingdom 
George Edgar Abecassis
Henry Clifford Allison
Robert 'Bob' Anderson
Peter Arundell
Peter Hawthorn Ashdown
Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley
Gerald Ashmore
William 'Bill' Aston
Richard James David 'Dickie' Attwood
Julian Bailey
John Barber
Donald Beauman
Derek Reginald Bell
Mike Beuttler
Mark Blundell
Eric Brandon
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
David Bridges
Anthony William Brise
Chris Bristow
Charles Anthony Standish 'Tony' Brooks
Alan Everest Brown
William Archibald Scott Brown
Martin John Brundle
Ivor Léon John Bueb
Ian Burgess
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Michael John Campbell-Jones
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman
Max Chilton
James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.
Peter John Collins
David Marshall Coulthard
Piers Raymond Courage
Christopher Craft
Jim Crawford
John Colum 'Johnny Dumfries' Crichton-Stuart
Tony Crook
Geoffrey Crossley
Anthony Denis Davidson
Colin Charles Houghton Davis
Tony Dean
Paul di Resta
Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly
Kenneth Henry Downing
Bernard Charles 'Bernie' Ecclestone
Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards
Victor Henry 'Vic' Elford
Paul Emery
Robert 'Bob' Evans
Jack Fairman
Alfred Lazarus 'Les Leston' Fingleston
John Fisher
Ron Flockhart
Philip Fotheringham-Parker
Joe Fry
Divina Mary Galica
Frederick Roberts 'Bob' Gerard
Peter Kenneth Gethin
Richard Gibson
Horace Gould
Keith Greene
Brian Gubby
Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood
Bruce Halford
Duncan Hamilton
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
David Hampshire
Thomas Cuthbert 'Cuth' Harrison
Brian Hart
Mike Hawthorn
Brian Henton
John Paul 'Johnny' Herbert
Damon Graham Devereux Hill
Norman Graham Hill
David Wishart Hobbs
James Simon Wallis Hunt
Robert McGregor Innes Ireland
Edmund 'Eddie' Irvine, Jr.
Chris Irwin
John James
Leslie Johnson
Thomas Kenrick Kavanagh 'Ken' Kavanagh
Rupert Keegan
Christopher J. Lawrence
Geoffrey Lees
Jackie Lewis
Stuart Nigel Lewis-Evans
Michael George Hartwell MacDowel
Lance Noel Macklin
Damien Magee
Nigel Ernest James Mansell
Leslie Marr
Anthony Ernest 'Tony' Marsh
Steve Matchett
Raymond Mays
Kenneth McAlpine
Perry McCarthy
Allan McNish
John Miles
Robin 'Monty' Montgomerie-Charrington
Dave Morgan
Bill Moss
Sir Stirling Moss
David Murray
John Brian Naylor
Timothy 'Tiff' Needell
Rodney Nuckey
Keith Jack Oliver
Arthur Owen
Dr. Jonathan Charles Palmer
Jolyon Palmer
Michael Johnson Parkes
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald Harold Haslam Parnell
David Piper
Roger Dennistoun 'Dennis' Poore
David Prophet
Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
David Charles Purley
Ian Raby
Brian Herman Thomas Redman
Alan Rees
Lance Reventlow
John Rhodes
William Kenneth 'Ken' Richardson
John Henry Augustin Riseley-Prichard
Richard Robarts
Alan Rollinson
Tony Rolt
Roy Francesco Salvadori
Brian Shawe-Taylor
Stephen South
Michael 'Mike' Spence
Alan Stacey
William Stevens
Ian Macpherson M Stewart
James Robert 'Jimmy' Stewart
Sir John Young Stewart
John Surtees
Andy Sutcliffe
Dennis Taylor
Henry Taylor
John Taylor
Michael Taylor
Trevor Taylor
Eric Thompson
Leslie Thorne
Desmond Titterington
Tony Trimmer
Peter Walker
Derek Stanley Arthur Warwick
John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson
Peter Westbury
Kenneth Wharton
Edward N. 'Ted' Whiteaway
Graham Whitehead
Peter Whitehead
Bill Whitehouse
Robin Michael Widdows
Mike Wilds
Jonathan Williams
Roger Williamson
Justin Wilson
Vic Wilson
Coulthard's first couple of years with McLaren-Mercedes was mostly forgettable. In 1996, the car lacked out-right speed. The following year would see improvement and Coulthard would end the season tied for 3rd in the championship after Schumacher's disqualification from the championship. His placement in the standings would have been better were it not for gearbox and engine woes at Canada while he was leading the race. His car would stall because of mechanical issues costing him the lead of the race. What would be worse was the fact the race would be red flagged and deemed over just a few minutes after his stop due to a crash out on the circuit. Had he not come into the pits he likely would have won the race.

Coulthard thought he had lost out on another race he should have won when Schumacher tangled with Villeneuve at Jerez. Just after the incident team orders had been passed telling Coulthard to allow Hakkinen through to take 2nd place. However, just moments later Villeneuve would wave the two McLarens through thereby handing the victory to Hakkinen. It could have been Coulthard's victory had it not been for the team orders.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton

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