The Formula One season is already past the halfway mark and for David Coulthard that means his time at McLaren is coming to an end. The Scot is in his ninth year with the Woking squad but come 2005 Juan Pablo Montoya will step in and Coutlhard...
The Formula One season is already past the halfway mark and for David Coulthard that means his time at McLaren is coming to an end. The Scot is in his ninth year with the Woking squad but come 2005 Juan Pablo Montoya will step in and Coutlhard will have to step out. Where Coulthard will go is yet to be seen but he is sure he will be on the grid in 2005.
"I'm confident there is a drive for me in F1," Coulthard said, according to The Telegraph. "I'm not stressed about it. I'm not clutching at straws. I'm a world-class driver capable of winning grands prix. I would be a valuable asset to any team."
"Wherever you are, you have to be professional and motivated. You have to believe that you can make a difference and that you can help to develop a package."
McLaren's troubles this season have been well documented and Coulthard knows it hasn't helped, but things were better when the MP4-19B debuted in France. He qualified third on the grid and scored points in the race.
"People know what I'm capable of doing relative to the car," he asserted. "That said no one knows who comes second, let alone eighth and ninth -- where I have been finishing. That's why I was very happy to be on the second row of the grid in France."
At last weekend's British Grand Prix Coulthard did not fare quite so well, finishing seventh while teammate Kimi Raikkonen scored McLaren's first pole position and first podium, second, of the season. But the Scot takes heart from the performance of the car.
"We now have a car capable of winning again," he said. "It would not have taken much for Kimi to be a winner at Silverstone. I believe I can win a race this season. We have an aggressive development programme ahead, which means we have to be optimistic. Ferrari are going to mess up at some point. They can't keep the run going forever."
The rumour mill has linked Coulthard with Williams, Toyota and Jaguar and also the possibility of him staying with McLaren as test driver. He dismissed the last idea: "I'm firmly focused on racing next year." As for when an announcement about his future will come, he was equally to the point. "When there's something to say -- and that's always going to be decided by more than just myself."