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David Coulthard is a retired Formula 1 driver and has become one of the most recognisable TV expert analysts since retiring in 2008.

He will provide his expert analysis and commentary at every race of the F1 season exclusively for Channel 4.

Coulthard dominated Britain’s junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first ever 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 and 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren, and, after supporting team-mate Mika Häkkinen to the drivers’ championship in 1998 and 1999, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001.

In 2005 David moved to the newly-formed Red Bull Racing team where he spent a further four seasons on the grid. By the time he retired from Formula 1 in 2008, he had notched up 247 race starts with 13 wins, 62 podiums, 12 pole positions and 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time.

After his retirement he joined the BBC’s F1 broadcasting team alongside Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan. In 2010, he then became a co-commentator alongside Martin Brundle and spent the following five years developing his presenting attributes and is now one of the most highly-respected motorsport broadcasters.