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David Coulthard

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Currently: Ambassador for the Red Bull Racing Team and part of the BBC F1 commentary team, DTM for Mercedes.

Career highlights:13 Grands Prix wins with Williams and McLaren; runner-up in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2001; winner of the Macau F3 race and F3 Marlboro Masters in 1991; Formula Ford 1600 champion in 1989; multiple Scottish and British kart champion.

In terms of points scored in the FIA Formula One World Championship, David Coulthard is the most successful British driver in history. To date he has started more than 230 Grands Prix and amassed well over 500 points – only three drivers in history have scored more prolifically. Although he has never lifted the world title, DC has won no fewer than 13 grands prix and finished runner-up in 2001 and third no fewer than four times (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000).

Like so many of his rivals, David earned his spurs racing karts from a young age. He was Scottish Junior Champion from 1983-1985 and thereafter took multiple Scottish Open and British Super Kart crowns before progressing into single-seaters. In 1989 he won the coveted P&O Ferries FF1600 crown and was also the first-ever winner of the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. After breaking a leg racing at Spa in 1990, he bounced back the following year to win the two most prestigious F3 races on the calendar – Marlboro Masters and Macau Grand Prix – before graduating to F3000. In 1993 Coulthard became test driver for the world champion Williams-Renault F1 team and was promoted to the race team following Ayrton Senna’s tragic death at Imola in 1994.

His maiden Grand Prix win came the following year in Portugal with Williams before a switch to McLaren at the end of the season started what was to be a long and successful time with the Woking-based outfit. In nine fruitful seasons DC won 12 further grands prix and was a consistent F1 front-runner throughout the period. It was hardly surprising when ambitious new team Red Bull Racing were attracted by Coulthard’s wealth of experience and signed him for the 2005 season – a relationship which is now in its fourth year. His best result for the team had been third place on the streets of Monaco in 2006, but he equaled this result by taking an excellent third place in the eventful Canadian Grand Prix. David hung up his helmet at the end of the 2008 season but came out of retirement to race for Mercedes in the DTM at the start of 2011. He remains part of the F1 scene both in his on going role with Red Bull Racing and as an expert pundit in the BBC's Grand Prix team.