How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay
Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…
David Coulthard strides into London’s Montcalm Hotel looking as sharp as ever. Black jacket,
shirt and jeans capped by an increasingly silvery head of hair, unconsciously the colour palette of West McLaren Mercedes, the team for which he scored 12 of his 13 grands prix career wins. As is always the case when on duty, the smile is ever-present.
He shows genuine interest in everyone around him, remembers people’s names, shakes hands firmly and, unlike many a driver, doesn’t glance at his watch every few minutes. Attending yet another corporate event, he seems happy to be there.
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