63. David Coulthard

David Coulthard
Age 52
Occupation Former Driver, Presenter, Brand Ambassador, Co-owner of Whisper
Nationality British
Position Last Year 71

David Marshall Coulthard MBE (born 27 March 1971) is a British former racing driver from Scotland, later turned presenter, commentator and journalist. Nicknamed ‘DC’, he competed in 15 seasons of Formula One between 1994 and 2008, taking 13 Grand Prix victories and 62 podium finishes. He was runner-up in the 2001 championship, driving for McLaren.

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David Coulthard dominated Britain’s junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first 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 and won the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.

He joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season, he became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.

After moving to McLaren, David took his new team’s first win in three seasons at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. In all, he scored 12 of his 13 grand prix wins, 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren, and, after supporting team-mate Mika Häkkinen to the drivers’ championship in 1998 and ’99, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001.

In 2005 David moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team. By the time he retired from Formula 1 in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest-scoring British driver.

Coulthard returned to racing as an active driver in the DTM series in 2010, piloting a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for Mücke Motorsport.

Coulthard now uses his talents in business, from starting several successful companies to ambassador roles to guest speaking.

Coulthard has lived in Monaco for some time and owns homes in London, Belgium and Switzerland. He owns several luxury hotels in Britain and is a former owner of the Columbus Hotel Monaco in Monaco’s Fontvieille.

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