DAVID COULTHARD TO MCLAREN OR WILLIAMS?: BOARD TO DECIDE
by Robert Heathcote, for SpeedNet
December 1, 1994
The President of the Formula One Constructors' Association, Bernie Ecclestone, said today that the sport's Contracts Recognition Board will meet tomorrow in in Geneva to decide whether the Williams or McLaren team have a "valid" contract with British racer David Coulthard.
Earlier today, McLaren openly denied Coulthard had a contract and, a McLaren press officer said, "...Coulthard is just another driver we are considering. We are talking to him but it would be improper to comment further. Negotiations are taking place. Obviously there are documents moving around -- drafts and such -- but we are talking to other drivers as well."
A similar official at Williams was taken by surprise, and said, "I haven't got the faintest idea and the official line is no comment."
But Thursday, Ecclestone let the cat out of the bag when he said, "The board is meeting to decide which contract is valid."
Meanwhile, Martin Brundle still has hope he will be retained by McLaren for 1995. "I am still committed to driving for McLaren next season," said Martin, "and that is what I hope to be doing." One rumor making the rounds is he will be the lead driver for the McLaren F1 sportscar program which will make its racing debut at Le Mans in June of 1995.