David Coulthard Q&A

Silverstone will be a big weekend for David Coulthard, for not only is he on a hat-trick of British GP victories, he quite simply has to win in order to get his fading title challenge back on track. In the four races since his last victory in Austria he has taken just nine points, while Michael Schumacher has taken 36 in the same period. At this stage it's anyone's guess how the three leading teams will stack up at Silverstone, although it could be that Bridgestone has enough of an edge to at least allow McLaren to get ahead of Williams. David has often been able to use pressure in a positive manner, so the Silverstone crowd can do him nothing but good. Adam Cooper heard DC's thoughts on his home race

David Coulthard Q&A



"Someone mentioned it earlier, and I wasn't aware of that. It would be brilliant if I could do that, because I really need to win the British GP this year. Just from a history point of view, you'd rather leave your mark on British motor sport rather than other countries. It's nice to have won Australia, France, all the places I've won, but there's nothing quite like winning at home."



"It costs me a lot less to send my family to the race than any other European race. I can send them on the train rather than organising a plane! It's the home crowd. I went to a concert the other night in Paris, and I couldn't quite get a feel for the crowd there. With a British crowd I'm British so you understand when they do something what it means. We all feel more comfortable at home."



"Yes. The most amazing thing I've ever heard in a GP car was in '95 when I overtook Jean Alesi to take the lead of the race. I could hear the crowd cheering above the noise of the car. I remember thinking, 'what the hell was that?' And I realised it was the crowd. It's just incredible."



"It's been changed so many times since I first went there in 1989. It's Silverstone when you drive through the big gates, but the track's changed a lot. I'm not that sentimental about the track. The old, old Grand Prix track was the business, and had a lot of history. But it's changed so much. What they should do is tarmac the whole place, literally everywhere, and just put white lines where the track is. It will solve the parking problems, and they've probably laid that amount of tarmac over the years anyway!"



"I think that it's a nice talking point. I doubt whether it will make any difference. I don't believe it's going to be as steep as Indianapolis. There's a quickest way through a corner, and every one will take the quickest way."

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