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David Coulthard

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David Marshall Coulthard, often called DC, born March 27, 1971 in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, is a Scottish Formula One racing driver. He is a 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 fourth on the all-time scorers list, being the top British scorer. He currently drives for Red Bull Racing.

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, four of them consecutively. However, some unforced errors tarnished his season: at Monza he spun off on the formation lap, whilst in Adelaide he crashed coming into the pits.

Signed by Red Bull Racing for 2005, the team were attracted by Coulthard's experience. He was teamed with the inexperienced Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Coulthard's contract at Red Bull Racing was also extended prior to the 2005 British Grand Prix, to prolong Coulthard's Formula One career to at least the end of 2006. David's stint at Red Bull was a renewal for the Scottish driver scoring points in many races and becoming one of the more outspoken and media savvy drivers.Coulthard driving for RBR at the 2006 United States Grand Prix.

Among active F1 drivers, Coulthard has the second most wins (13) behind Fernando Alonso. Coulthard is the highest-scoring British driver ever with 500 points (as of the 2006 Australian Grand Prix), beating Nigel Mansell's previous record of 482 points. At the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix he also became the 8th member of Formula One's "200 Club", joining Riccardo Patrese, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Gerhard Berger, Andrea de Cesaris, Nelson Piquet and Jean Alesi in the list of drivers to have competed in 200 Grands Prix. In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, David Coulthard scored his first podium finish with Red Bull Racing, his best result with the team and also the teams first podium finish. During the trophy presentation, Coulthard wore a red cape as the team was promoting the film "Superman Returns". His impressive form in the 2006 season saw him secure a contract extension for the 2007 season, during which he was partnered by Australian Mark Webber who joined from Williams.Coulthard driving for RBR at the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the 2007 season, Coulthard delivered two strong drives at the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Spanish Grand Prix where he picked up the team's first points of the season. On July 6 2007, Red Bull Racing announced that Coulthard's contract had been extended to the end of 2008, meaning he will likely enjoy a second season as F1's 'elder statesman'.

On 2 June 2006, He became engaged to Karen Minier, a Belgian Formula One correspondent for French TV channel TF1, after a whirlwind romance. The couple plan on "marrying in the near future"

On 7 August 2007, Coulthard released his autobiography, entitled "It is What It Is". In it, he admits that he suffered from bulimia as a teenager.



 


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