Debut & Williams (1994-1995)
David Coulthard initially came into Formula One as a test driver for Williams in 1993, but was put in a race seat after Ayrton Senna's tragic death at San Marino GP in 1994. His Debut race came at the Spanish GP, but he was forced to share the second seat at Williams for the rest of the season with Ex-Champion Nigel Mansell.
1995 saw him remain with Williams and secure his first GP win at the Portuguese GP. He also secured 5 pole positions and 6 podium finishes, to claim a fine 3rd place result in the Championship. However a series of mistakes and unforced errors tarnished a season result that could have been so much better.
1996 saw David move to McLaren to partner Finish driver Mika Hakkinen, however this move could have come one year to early as the Williams team proved to be a Championship winning team at the hands of Damon Hill. DC missed out on a chance to win the title.
David remained with McLaren in 1997 and at the opening race the Scott claimed his second ever race win, McLaren’s first since 1993. DC went onto win again at the Italian GP and thoroughly out class his team mate Mika Hakkinen. 1998 saw the McLaren come back to the foe front of racing, but team orders from McLaren forced DC on several occasions to move over and allow Hakkinen to take the glory and eventually the title.
1999 saw David play second fiddle to Hakkinen as the Finn went on to claim his second title. Although he won two races in Britain & Belgium, 1999 proved to be a disappointing year for the Scott. 2000 showed the gloves to be off as Coulthard won 3 races and by mid-to-late season looked like a firm championship contender, certainly more so than team mate Hakkinen. However it wasn’t enough to take the title.
2001 proved to be David's best season and closest shot at the world title, he won 2 races at Brazil & Austria and was the only driver to score points in the first 7 races. Yet poor race results in the latter half of the season and reliability problems from the McLaren saw DC finish runner-up to Michael Schumacher.
David won 12 Grand Prix's for McLaren and enjoyed 9 seasons with the team, but he always seemed to be playing second fiddle to his team mates, firstly under Hakkinen and later to Kimi Raikkonen who joined McLaren in 2002. DC’s last win came at the 2003 Australian GP, while 2004 turned out to be a disastrous final year at McLaren. He was eventually replaced at McLaren by Montoya for 2005, but defying the critics saying that his career was over DC signed a new deal to drive for Red Bull Racing in 2005.
Red Bull Racing (2005-2008)
This proved to be some what of a rejuvenation for the Scott, he became a regular points scorer for the team and even took two 4th place finishes at the Australian & European GP's. 2006 saw David collect a fantastic 3rd place podium at the Monaco GP, the teams first ever. However it proved to be the only highlight of a disappointing year for the Scott as the RB2 lacked the speed to challenge for regular point finishes.
2007 saw David remain at Red Bull for a third successive year and the delight of Adrian Newey first designed car the RB3, but shocking reliability problems wrecked many a fine drive by the Scot and hopes were pinned on the 2008 car for a return to form.
2008 proved to be David’s last and worse season ever. Poor qualifying and a series of collisions that were mainly not his fault saw a disastrous start to the season. A mixed up race at the Canadian GP saw the old Coulthard come to the front and he was able to bring his Red Bull home in a fantastic 3rd place podium position. At the British GP DC announced his intensions to retire at the end of 2008, after 15 years in the sport, 13 career wins and 62 podium finishes the Scott hung up his helmet at the Brazilian GP.
Retirement & There After
Sebastian Vettel was announced as his replacement at Red Bull for 2009, although DC would continue to help out Red Bull as a tester, he has since been announced as one of the presenters and pundits for the BBC’s coverage of F1 in 2009.