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David Marshall Coulthard (born March 27, 1971 in Twynholm, Dumfries and Galloway), is a Scottish Formula One racing driver for Red Bull Racing. He is a very successful driver in the current era of the sport with 13 grand prix victories. By virtue of a long, consistent and careful career, much of it spent in top teams, he has amassed a large points haul, and lies fifth on the all-time scorers list, being the top British scorer.


Coulthard began karting at an early age, graduating to Formula Ford in 1989. His performance was so impressive that he won the first ever McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. In 1990, he suffered a broken leg at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, yet still came back the following year to win Formula 3 races at Zandvoort, Netherlands and Macau, China. In 1992, he raced in the Formula 3000 series, finishing ninth, and in 1993 he improved to third overall.

To F1

In 1993, Coulthard became test driver for the world champion team Williams Renault and played an important role in advancing the car's technology. For 1994 he stayed with Williams as tester, but following Senna's tragic death at Imola, was promoted to the race team alongside Damon Hill for Barcelona. He spent much of the season driving the second car, but had to step aside for ex-champion Nigel Mansell on four occasions. Renault were keen to have a big name in the second Williams, and Mansell, at that time reigning Indycar champion, fitted the bill. Coulthard showed flashes of speed, but errors and bad luck saw him take just one podium, a second at Estoril. For the last three races he had to sit back and watch Mansell take his place, but it was he, and not Nigel, who would race for Williams full-time in 1995.


Coulthard driving for the Williams team at the 1994 British Grand Prix.The season saw him demonstrate his undoubted pace, and he won the 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix. There were races where he could have won, but poor luck and mistakes once more cost him. He did score five pole positions however, four of them consecutively. Some unforced errors tarnished his season however: at Monza he spun off on the formation lap, whilst in Adelaide he crashed coming into the pits


Coulthard driving for the McLaren team at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix.In 1996, Coulthard contracted with McLaren to drive alongside future champion Mika H





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