Scotsman David Coulthard was a leading driver in Formula One for 15 years, during which time he won 13 Grand Prix. Although never winning the world championship, he finished second in 2001 to Michael Schumacher. He currently stands eighth on the list of all-time points scorers in the sport.
After beginning in karting, Coulthard graduated to Formula Ford and won the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award in 1989. After progressing through Formula Three, in which he broke a leg after a crash in Spa, and Formula 3000, he finally became a Formula One test driver for Williams-Renault in 1993. He was promoted to the race team alongside Damon Hill in unfortunate circumstances after Ayrton Senna died in a crash at Imola in 1994.
Coulthard won his first Grand Prix in Portugal for Williams in 1995, then switched to the McLaren-Mercedes team the following year to begin a relationship that lasted for nine seasons and saw him win 12 Grand Prix. During that time he won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1999 and 2000 and was twice winner in Monaco in 2000 and 2002.
In 1998, the McLaren was consistently the fastest car of the year, but it was his team-mate Mika Häkkinen, now a Laureus World Sports Academy Member, who won the world title with Coulthard only recording one victory in San Marino. Häkkinen repeated his success in 1999, with Coulthard finishing fourth, with wins at Silverstone and Spa.
His best season for Grand Prix wins was 2000 with victories at Silverstone, Monaco and in France, although he only finished third in the world championship behind Schumacher and Häkkinen, but the following year he did finish runner-up for the world title behind the runaway winner Schumacher.
From 2005, Coulthard drove for Red Bull, playing an important role in the development of the new team until he retired in 2008. Two years later Red Bull won the World Drivers’ Championship, through Sebastian Vettel, and the World Constructors’ Championship.
Coulthard returned to motor racing to drive in the 2010 DTM touring car championship and he is creating a reputation as an excellent Formula One analyst for British TV network BBC.