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FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX WARM UP BAHRAIN
Red Bull Formula One driver David Coulthard during the first day of practice in Bahrain on Friday April 13, 2007. The Bahrain Grand Prix Grand Prix will be held on Sunday April 15 and will feature 11 teams and 22 drivers. (UPI Photo/Norbert Schiller)
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David Marshall Coulthard, often called DC, (born 27 March 1971 in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland) is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. By virtue of a long career he has amassed a notable points haul, and lies seventh on the all-time scorers list, being the top British scorer. He has won thirteen grands prix, including two at Monaco.

Coulthard began karting at an early age, graduating to Formula Ford in 1989. He won the first ever McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. In 1990, he suffered a broken leg at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, but came back the following year to win Formula Three races at Zandvoort, Netherlands and Macau, China. In 1992, he raced in the Formula 3000 series, finishing ninth, and in 1993 he improved to third overall.

In 1993, Coulthard became test driver for the world champion Formula One team Williams-Renault and played an important role in advancing the car's technology. For 1994 he stayed with Williams as tester, but following Ayrton Senna's tragic death at Imola, he was promoted to the race team alongside Damon Hill for the Spanish Grand Prix. He spent much of the season driving the second car, but had to step aside for ex-champion Nigel Mansell on four occasions. Renault were keen to have a big name in the second Williams, and Mansell, at that time reigning Indycar champion, fitted the bill. Coulthard showed flashes of speed, but errors and bad luck saw him take just one podium, a second-place finish at Estoril. For the last three races he had to sit back and watch Mansell take his place, but it was he, and not Mansell, who would race for Williams full-time in 1995.

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