David Coulthard
MBE

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Former Scottish F1 driver David Coulthard has enjoyed a long career on the driving circuit having dominated the junior British Formula Ford categories before joining the Williams Formula 1 team as a test driver in 1993. He became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. The highlight of his F1 track career was finishing as runner-up in the World Championships in 2001. Since retiring from F1 he has continued to race in the DTM class of touring cars and the Race of Champions, served as a consultant to the Red Bull Racing Team and appeared as a pundit for Formula 1 coverage on the BBC and Channel 4. As a keynote, conference and after dinner speaker, David highlights the teamwork and innovation needed to succeed in the world of motorsport. 

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David Coulthard began motor racing as a junior in Formula Ford categories where he dominated the British scene becoming the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport RRDC Award for young Drivers. Two years later in 1991, he fought a head to head battle with a young Rubens Barrichello for the British Formula 3 Championship and won the Macau F3 Grand Prix.

In 1993, David became a test driver for the Williams team before reaching the status of full-time driver in F1 in 1995, where he finished 3rd in the championship.

Moving to McLaren, David achieved the team’s first win in three seasons at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. His years with McLaren also saw him achieve 12 out of his 13 Grand Prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium finishes in addition to finishing runner up in the 2011 Championship.

David moved to the newly formed Red Bull team in 2005 where he remained as a consultant following his racing retirement in 2008. He returned to the track two years later, driving in the DTM series, piloting  a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for Mucke Motorsport. He is also a regular presenter for BBC’s F1 coverage.

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