David Coulthard

Bus Stop Chicane

Points Scorer
Never rated him. Nice guy, quick enough to be in F1 but only at the top because of the car. In my mind he was like a slower Webber, made to look better than he was by a quick car. His inability to get past the first corner became something of an embarrassment.
Not this rubbish again.

Name me a driver who isn't at the top because of this car? And besides do you think McLaren would have signed him if he was so mediocre?

You'd think Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were the only two drivers in F1 history who could win a race with a car that isn't at the top. If that's the case then why hasn't Alonso won a title since 2006 and why has Hamilton only won 1. Because the hype for both of them isn't as justified as people like to make out.

Coulthard did a good job at McLaren apart from his last season there when he was pretty shocking by his own standards. He's certainly not the flop he's made out to be on here.


Champion Elect
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Defining moments of DC's career at MClaren

When a) He was asked to pull over at Jerex by Ron to give the win to Mika Hakkinen in 1997 otherwise he would have had 3 victories to Mika's nil !

b) WHen he gentlemanly pulled over for Hakkinen out of a pre race agreement because he was a man of honour - it was the beginning of Hakkinen's dominance over him

Often overlooked is DC did beat Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen as teammates

Problem was he was seen as the NO 2 driver and never quite No1 and Ron Dennis' attitude towards him compared to Hakkinen did not help


A fine chap if ever there was one.
Bus Stop Chicane Il_leone Wow, replies to an over-year-old post, I'm flattered. :chuffed: I'm not saying he didn't have his moments, he just never particularly impressed me on anything like a consistent basis. That's my opinion and, with respect, I'll keep it just as it is. :goodday:


World Champion
I think it all came down to 1997 Jerez and1998 Melbourne, should have backed out of the agreement, got to be ruthless.


There are only two reasons to be a number two driver and they are, either you are not good enough or you just want to be in F1 for the sake of it DC filled both these categories....

And before anyone gets offended by my statement DC himself acknowledge that he was not good enough, but he has made a bloody good living out out it...


Not dead
I think it all came down to 1997 Jerez and1998 Melbourne, should have backed out of the agreement, got to be ruthless.
there was no agreement. Mclaren messed up and Mika lost the lead when he was told to come into the pits on the wrong lap. DC was then ordered to move over and made sure he did it in the most obvious way he could. He then had to jump into line when it came to the Mclaren .edia assult and thus the 'agreement' story was born to make everyone look good and to stop a hail of a bad press. Why it was not reacted go as harshly as Austriagate or FIFTY I'll never know but I'm guessing the majority of F1 outrage was still being used up on Schumi after the stunt he pulled on JV at the end of 97.

I think that event and Jerez has a lot to do with why I think Ron Dennis would happily sell his own Granny for success.


Champion Elect
Dc acted out of intergrity Melbourne 98 because Hakkinen did mess up the pit stop and flew into the red mist in pulling off a serious of fastest laps that showed Mclaren's true pace

It has to be said it was Hakkinen's fault for not checking why he was being called in surely he should have known his race plan before hand

I think Jerez 97 was the start of who Ron really favoured at MClaren and that meant DC was always against it at Mclaren


Valued Member
Eddie Irvine basically admitted he pulled over for Schumacher of his own accord; presumably to save the embarrassment of being passed by said team-mate.


A fine chap if ever there was one.
Without going into detail, because it sounds more dramatic than it was (at least in my mind), I had a brush with cancer 4-odd years ago. Net effect was I ALWAYS kiss the wife and kids goodbye whenever I or they leave. Not that I didn't before, but now I ensure it happens. This kind of thing just reinforces that you never know what's going to happen and tragedies sadly do occur. :(


Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Brilliant driving from DC today, taking the Race of Champions,Champion of champions, title without a single defeat. Including beating Petter Solberg World rally cross champion, whilst driving a rally cross car...twice.
Massively enjoyed that.

Not bad for an old retired bloke.
Well done DC.

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