Coulthard makes Williams pitch

David Coulthard has made it plain that with a Williams drive still in the offing for 2005, he sees himself as the best-suited candidate for the job

Coulthard makes Williams pitch

With the Contracts Recognition Board ruling in favour of BAR over the Button affair, it means that Williams has a spare seat available alongside Mark Webber next year.

Antonio Pizzonia staked a strong claim after a couple of impressive performances substituting for Ralf Schumacher, at Spa and Monza, but Coulthard thinks his record and his experience make him less of a risk.

"As we speak I don't have a contract to drive in F1 next season," the Scot confirmed in Sao Paulo, "but clearly there is a drive available at Williams and, I think, my credentials are stronger than anyone's out there. I've got pole positions, I've won grands prix, and I've got a lot of experience of developing cars and of tyre development."

Coulthard was anything but downbeat about his 2005 prospects and added: "It's been quite surprising the amount of interest from sponsors, because over the last few years I've never had an outlet for that because at McLaren you don't carry your own personal sponsors and badges. But now I've been contacted by people wanting to know what my future is and if they can be involved.

"In terms of that sort of thing, it is a pretty exciting time and now that Williams remains the last competitive seat available, I've got to do everything I can to try and make them realise that I am the best of the drivers available."


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