David Coulthard is a former Formula One racing driver. Now a popular keynote speaker and TV commentator, David's speeches inspire, motivate and encourage teamwork. He also brings his first-hand experience of handling the risks, the technology, the innovation and the sacrifices required to compete at the highest level.
About David Coulthard
F1 ccommentator David Coulthard made his own Formula One debut back in 1994, he retired in 2012. During this time he won 13 Grand Prix in a career spanning 15 seasons. Today he uses his talents in the business arena to create a number of successful businesses. David has also held numerous ambassador roles.
David Coulthard began karting at the age of eleven and achieved early success before dominating Britain’s junior Formula Ford categories in 1989. He became the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. In 1991 he fought a titanic battle with future Formula 1 rival Rubens Barrichello for the British Formula 3 Championship, winning the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.
Subsequently he joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a test driver in 1993. And it was after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season that he became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.
The following year he won his first Grand Prix in Portugal, and then for the 1996 season he moved to McLaren. After winning two races in the 1997 season, he finished 3rd in the World Drivers’ Championship in the 1998 season.
Thirteen times winner of the Grand Prix
David was team-mate to Mika Häkkinen in the Finn’s two Drivers’ Championship winning seasons for McLaren Mercedes before helping establish the Red Bull team. Amassing a notable points haul it placed him seventh on the all-time scorers list. His best Drivers’ Championship finish was second in 2001.
After retiring from Formula One David Coulthard continued working with Red Bull as a consultant. He joined the BBC as a commentator and pundit for their coverage of Formula One. However he returned to active motorsports in 2010 joining Mücke Motorsport in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and finally retired at the end of 2012.
Coulthard has also participated in the Race of Champions, finishing runner-up in the Drivers’ Cup in 2008, and winning the competition in 2014.
Since 2016 he has worked as a commentator and analyst for Channel 4 after they took over the BBC’s terrestrial television rights.