Reuters is reporting that a statement will be made tomorrow by Williams- Renault confirming that David Coulthard has been signed by the team to partner Damon Hill this year.

The contract was allegedly signed just before Christmas and will pay him approximately L500,000. Reuters advised that Williams would not confirm that a statement will be made tomorrow.

As regards Mansell, he will be opening the Autosport international racing car show on Friday in his birthplace of Birmingham. McLaren appears the only feasible opportunity for him to find a competitive drive this year but the possibility of this is quite questionable in view of the absence of any ties with the principals involved.

Peter