Formula 1 Driver David Coulthard awarded MBE

The former Formula 1 Driver David Coulthard among Queen’s Birthday honours List.

24 June 2010

David Coulthard is no stranger to the sport of Formula 1

and he’s won 13 Grands Prix during his impressive 15 year career. He was ‘delighted’ to be awarded the MBE for his services to motorsport. "A big thank you to all those who have helped me: my family, Frank Williams, for giving me the first opportunity in F1 and Jackie Stewart for his guidance before that.” Said the Twynholm born driver. At age 18 he was racing at Formula Ford level, having progressed from a young karter, then by 1991 was competing in Formula Three. Coulthard got his brake in F1 in 1994 when racing for Williams, with whom he was a test driver, in the Spanish Grand Prix. He enjoyed his first Formula 1 success with Williams by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1995 but it wasn’t until 1996 when he joined the McLaren team did he really start to shine. The 39-year-old from Dumfries retired from F1 two years ago but announced in April that he would race in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) season for Mercedes. You can check out some of my other blog posts where I’ve been following his progress and some of the other DTM results. So here we have yet another case of a Formula 1 star whose roots firmly sprung from a successful career in Karting. Start following in his footsteps by taking up Karting, and what better way than to compete than in the Team-Sport Kart Champs Championship.