Coulthard pans pay-drivers, famous sons

Thu, 25 January 2007, 05:06

David Coulthard, the oldest driver on the 2007 grid, has taken a dig at a few of his formula one colleagues.

The 35-year-old Scot, hitting out at pay-drivers and sons of famous fathers, was defending his decision to stick around for a fourteenth consecutive season in the sport this year.

“I don’t pay for my cockpit or have a father who drove in formula one — I am still here because my team believes that I bring them value by performing at the highest level,” Red Bull’s Coulthard told

He said recently that his 2005 and 2006 teammate, Christian Klien, entered the F1 circus with Red Bull backing at too early an age.

“Christian drives very well and he is probably good enough for formula one,” David said of the new Honda test driver, “but he lacked experience.

“It’s just like in everyday life — you know much more now than when you were 16.”

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