The Appeal of David Coulthard
Former Scottish Formula One racing driver, David Coulthard has a net worth of $77 million as of May 2012, as stated by the Sunday Times Rich List. He won 13 grands prix, but it took him 247 races to do so. After starting his F1 career with Williams, the Scot moved to McLaren, where he had the misfortune to be thought of as the No 2 driver to Mika Hakkinen. After eight years at McLaren, he was signed up by Red Bull Racing — unfortunately, they were not the team they’re now, and Coulthard spent much of the final four years of his career as an also-ran. Red Bull certainly saw something in him, however, as he is now a team consultant and recently revealed celebrity Tom Cruise the way to drive an F1 car.
Despite his comparatively few wins, the 535 points he scored make him the highest-scoring British motorist. He has been a regular member of BBC’s F1 team since 2009. Coulthard co-owned Monaco’s Columbus Hotel, which was sold in 2010 for more than 30 million. He lives in Monaco and has properties in London, Belgium and Switzerland. With all the resort sale proceeds and past salaries from racing, Coulthard is worth at least 50 million. He is engaged to Karen Minier, a Belgian Formula One correspondent for French TV channel TF1 since June 2006. Coulthard’s second cousin, New Zealander Fabian Coulthard, can also be a racing driver, racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series for Brad Jones Racing.
David Marshall Coulthard, MBE (/kolrt/; produced 27 March 1971), often known as DC, is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. He now works for BBC Sport as a commentator and pundit.
Twice a victor in Monaco, Coulthard was team-mate to Mika Hkkinen in the Finn’s two Drivers’ Championship-successful seasons for McLaren Mercedes before helping establish the Red Bull team. His finest Motorists’ Tournament finish was second in 2001.
After retiring from racing in Formula One, Coulthard continued to be engaged with all the Red Bull Racing team as a consultant, along with joining the BBC as a television commentator and pundit. He returned as an active driver in the DTM series for 2010, piloting a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for Mcke Motorsport. On 18 October 2012, Coulthard declared retirement from racing after the 2012 DTM season, his final race on 21 October 2012 at Hockenheim.
Coulthard started the season with a retirement after colliding with Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. In Malaysia Coulthard’s endured from a suspension failure on his car during training which resulted in Red Bull put under investigation for car security. Coulthard was later cleared to race, and managed to procure 9th. He was unable to score points until Canada, when he finished on the podium in 3rd. Before the British Grand Prix, where he retired on the first lap when he was hit by Torro Rosso motorist Sebastian Vettel, Coulthard declared that he’d retire from Formula One in the finish of the season, though he would stay at Red Bull as a testing and development consultant. Within the following five races, Coulthard could complete abeit outside of the points-scoring positions. He chose the final points of his career with seventh position in Singapore. He was unable to complete the race, when he car was hit by Williams driver Nico Rosberg and Coulthard’s car was sent into the route of Rosberg’s teammate Kazuki Nakajima.