David Coulthard


  • Twynholm, Scotland Place of Birth
  • 27 March 1971 Date of Birth
  • 1994 Spanish Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Red Bull Racing Current/Last Team

David Coulthard, a retired British Formula One racing driver, remains a familiar face around the paddock and on television even after his retirement in 2008. He began his racing career in karting at 11, progressing through local championships before moving into Formula Ford in 1989, where he won the inaugural McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award.

BornDavid Marshall Coulthard
27 March 1971
Twynholm, Scotland

Coulthard’s big break came in 1993 when he was asked to be a test driver for the world champion F1 team Williams-Renault. After the tragic death of Ayrton Senna in 1994, Coulthard was paired with future world champion Damon Hill to complete the team’s F1 season. Despite occasional replacement by Nigel Mansell and rumours of a move to McLaren for the 1995 season, Coulthard was handed the seat full-time in 1995, finishing third in the championship that season.

In 1996, Coulthard moved to McLaren, where he spent eight successful years. From 1997 to 2002, he consistently placed in the top five of the championship. In 1998, he played a significant role in helping McLaren win the Constructors’ Championship, while his teammate Mika Häkkinen won the drivers’ title. Coulthard’s best individual season came in 2001, when he finished second in the championship, behind Michael Schumacher.

After leaving McLaren at the end of 2004, Coulthard joined the reformed Jaguar team, now known as Red Bull Racing, in 2005. He became the highest-scoring British driver, at the time, surpassing Nigel Mansell‘s record with 535 race points. Coulthard’s time with Red Bull included notable moments such as finishing fourth twice in his first season, achieving a third-place finish in Monaco in 2006, which saw him don a Superman cape on the podium, and finishing on the podium again in Canada in 2008.

He retired at the end of the 2008 season but remained involved in the sport, and in 2019, he was elected president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, owner of Silverstone Circuit.

David Coulthard Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1994–2008
TeamsWilliams, McLaren, Red Bull
Entries247 (246 starts)
Career points535
Pole positions12
Fastest laps18
First entry1994 Spanish Grand Prix
First win1995 Portuguese Grand Prix
Last win2003 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2008 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Williams 1992 Spanish Grand Prix F1 Legend
Finnish McLaren 1991 United States Grand Prix F1 Legend
Finnish Alfa Romeo 2001 Australian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Australian Red Bull Racing 2002 Australian Grand Prix Retired


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Williams British 1978 Current
McLaren British 1966 Current
Red Bull Racing Austrian 2005 Current