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GP Week : Issue 35
Short, not sweet DAVID Coulthard’s Formula 1 finale lasted approximately 10 seconds as he was punted out at the ‘Senna S’on the opening lap of the race. It was galling luck for the Scot, whose Red Bull Racing car was run in a special one-off livery for his last race, in support of the Wings For Life charity. Coulthard had been hoping to leave Formula 1 on a high with a solid finish, but after both Rosberg and Nakajima’s Williamses made contact with the retiring Scot, his dreams were shattered with an early bath. “I’m pretty gutted, it’s not how I wanted to end my career,”he said after the race. “I took a cautious approach into Turn 1 and left plenty of space for the car on the inside, but unfortunately I think Rosberg hit me though Turn 2, which spun me round. I thought it would be okay, but then Nakajima ran into the front of my car and took off the front corner. I felt good on the warm up laps going to the grid, I had no problem with it being wet and I wanted to get to the chequered flag.” Coulthard admitted that, while he had not had the finale he might have wished, he had nevertheless had a good final weekend and would leave the sport with many happy memories. “I was going to do some do- nuts for the crowd, which is something you normally get fined for, but it didn’t work out. I can’t complain though, I’ve had a good career. I’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support I’ve had from the paddock this weekend, it means a great deal to me that so many people have taken the time to say ‘nice career and good luck with the future.’ “And, in the absence of a World Championship, I think if I can leave with that, then that’s a good ending.” 28