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David Coulthard

Team McLaren
Date of Birth 27 March 1971
Nationality Scottish
Car Number 4
Marital Status Engaged
Personal Profile  

David Coulthard began his Formula1 career in challenging circumstances, after he was promoted from test driver to racing driver at Williams following the death of Ayrton Senna. The team let him go in favour of Jacques Villeneuve after the 1996 season, and he moved to McLaren in 1997.

He won his first Grand Prix in Australia that year, but was asked to relinquish a second 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 lead-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.

Coulthard has been dogged by the reputation of not quite living up to his promise, and is determined to finally throw it off in 2001. This year he appears more focused than ever. He has postponed marrying his fiancee, Heidi Wichlinski, so that there are no distractions from his ultimate quest of winning the title and appears to have the whole-hearted backing of his team boss, Ron Dennis.

Career Highlights
2000 5th season with McLaren. He is third in the drivers' championship with 73 points.

Stays with McLaren. 2 race victories and 4th in the drivers' championship with 48 points.


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.


Stays with McLaren. Victory in Australia and Italy sees him finish 3rd in the Drivers' World Championship with 36 points.


Joins McLaren-Mercedes. Finishes second in Monaco and seventh overall


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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