October 31, 2008
He's finished as high as second in the Driver's Championship (2001 for McLaren) and finished third four times (1995 for Williams, 1997, 1998 and 2000 for McLaren). His last win came in Australia, 2003. While he's only had two podiums since them (Canada this year, Monaco in 2006, both 3rds), he's always been a solid performer, if not particularly successful.
A lot of that can be put down to lackluster cars; McLaren won only once in 2004 (Kimi Raikkonen, Belgium), and Red Bull has yet to win in their four seasons. Despite it all, The Chin has always been one of the more fan friendly drivers in the sport. He became legend 'round these parts in 2005 when a blown engine took him out of Friday's second practice at Silverstone. Rather than walk back to the pits, The Chin started signing autographs and chatting to the spectators. Forty-five minutes later, he was still at it.
While he'll be missed on the track, he'll be joining the BBC's race coverage when they pick up the F1 contract in 2009. I'm sure his knack for the pithy comment will be quite popular; he easily has my favorite quote of the year. When he had a 'racing incident' with Felipe Massa, he said: "I know I screwed up the same way with Alex [Wurz] last year, and took full responsibility for it, and I would expect Felipe to do the same. If he doesn't, I'm going to kick three colours of shit out of the little bastard."
Even with his last race looming, The Chin will be going out with class. For this final race weekend, he'll be running a special paintjob to drum up attention for the organization "Wings For Life," which is a charity for research into spinal cord injuries.
We'll miss you, David Coulthard's Chin. A tip o' the cap from all of us here at F1 UPDATE!
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 31, 2008 06:41 AM (/ppBw)
Farewell...but best of luck in the "color" (all three colors of it) commentary phase of his career!
Posted by: Mallory at October 31, 2008 06:49 AM (3sife)
If I remember correctly (and I may not), the main problem with BAR's alt-liveries was that they didn't run it past the FIA first.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 31, 2008 09:56 AM (AW3EJ)
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