DAVID Coulthard - Team McLAREN

Date of birth : 27 March 1971
Birthplace : Twynholm
Marital status : Single
Height : 182 cm
Weight : 75 kg

Wins : 12
Points scored : 400
Number of GP : 141
Pole Position : 12
Podiums : 57
First GP : 1994 (Barcelona)
Best result : 1


David Coulthard began his formula1 career in challenging circumstances, after he was promoted from test driver to race driver at Williams following the death of Ayrton Senna. The team let him go in favour of Jacques Villeneuve in 1996, and so he moved to McLaren.

He won his second Grand Prix, in Australia, that year but was asked to relinquish a third victory in the European Grand Prix to boost Hakkinen's confidence. One win in the 1998 San Marino GP left him unable to challenge for the title, but two wins the following year (in Great Britain and Belgium) saw him improve his reputation.

The Scot was determined to succeed in 2000 and his three wins certainly helped him towards his goal (Great Britain, Monaco and France). His calm handling of the fatal plane crash that killed both pilots in the run-up to the Spanish Grand Prix also saw him grow in stature in the eyes of the press and public. However, once again he was only able to manage third in the championship standings.

2001 was a year plagued with reliability problems for the team and despite his gallant efforts, he just couldn't match the performance of a very dominant Michael Schumacher. Finishing second to the German, David ended the year well ahead of teammate Mika Hakkinen, who opted to announce his retirement, ending what was the longest partnership in the history of the sport. 

David partnered young Kimi Raikkonen in 2002 with fresh hope that it would finally be his year to shine, but once again it wasn't to be. The McLaren charger wasn't up to par with its rivals and David was forced to settle for fifth in the championship while the Woking team slipped to third on the constructor's ladder. 

The new 2003 contender won't be introduced until the fourth round of the season, but once again David is hoping that it will be all he is anticipating and will once again be in the title hunt. 

C A R E E R  H I G H L I G H T S

2002 Placed 5th with 41 Points
2001 Stays with McLaren for a record sixth season alongside Mika Hakkinen. Has his best-ever result on the drivers' world championship, when he finished as runner-up to Michael Schumacher.
2000 5th season with McLaren. He is third in the drivers' championship with 73 points.
1999 Stays with McLaren. 2 race victories and 4th in the drivers' championship with 48 points.
1998 Stays with McLaren. One race victory and six second places assist Mclaren's constructor's bid, but Coulthard himself can only manage 3rd in the driver's race.
1997 Stays with McLaren. Victory in Australia and Italy sees him finish 3rd in the Drivers' World Championship with 36 points.
1996 Joins McLaren-Mercedes. Finishes second in Monaco and seventh overall
1995 Finishes 3rd in the Drivers' Championship in his first full season, winning his maiden GP at Portugal.
1994 Test driver for Williams-Renault. Promoted to race driver at the Monaco Grand Prix. Finishes 8th overall with 14 points. Voted Scottish Sports Personality of the Year and ITV Young Sports Personality of the Year.
1993 Test driver for Williams-Renault. Finishes 3rd in F3000 Championship with PSR. GT Class Winner at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race with Jaguar.
1992 F3000 racing with PSR. F1 test with Benetton-Ford
1991 Runner-up in British F3 Championship, with 5 wins (more than any other driver in the Championship). Winner of the "European Marlboro Masters of F3" and the Macau Grand Prix
1990 Joins Paul Stewart Racing (PSR) in the GM Lotus team. Competes in British Vauxhall Lotus Challenge and GM Lotus Euroseries. Wins the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award. Tests the McLaren-Honda MP4/5 Formula One car.
1989 Formula Ford 1600 racing, winner of both FF1600 Championships (Junior). 3rd in the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival. Competes and impresses in selected senior races.




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