Coulthard’s sister found dead

Lynsay Jackson, the sister of David Coulthard has been found dead. She was discovered at her home near Dumfries in Scotland this morning.

Mrs Jackson, 35, ran a museum dedicated to Coulthard’s sporting achievements in his home village of Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire.

It is understood that the police are continuing to look into her death however it is not believed to be suspicious.

Mrs Jackson, 35, married husband Will, an environmental health officer, in 2011 and has an eight-month-old daughter

A Dumfries and Galloway Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that a 35-year-old woman was found dead in her home today in Crossmichael. Our enquiries into her death are ongoing at this time but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for the procurator fiscal.”

Coulthard retires from DTM

David Coulthard has called time on his premier motor racing career.

The former McLaren and Red Bull driver, now 41, switched to the top German touring car category DTM after his 247-grand prix career ended a few years ago. He is also now a commentator on F1 for the BBC.

In a statement issued by Mercedes, it was announced he will retire from DTM after this weekend’s Hockenheim finale.

“The weekend will be my final opportunity to compete at this level as I will stop racing in the DTM to concentrate on my developing off-track businesses and of course my family,” said Coulthard.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher has clarified that he will also completely retire from premier motor racing after his F1 comeback concludes next month in Brazil.

“Formula One offers the maximum in terms of emotion, speed, and complete work,” he told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Any other kind of car would not give me the same emotions. I am stopping here completely.”


Coulthard sure Singapore will remain on F1 Calendar

David Coulthard on Thursday said he is confident Singapore will stay on the Formula One calendar into the future.

The contract for F1’s highly popular night race on the streets of the Asian city-state is set to expire, with Singapore officials and Bernie Ecclestone reportedly clashing over the sanctioning fee.

“All of us hope that it will be renewed because it’s such an important race on the calendar,” said Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Coulthard, a former McLaren and Red Bull driver and now a commentator for British television, sounded confident F1’s chief executive would renew the deal.

“Bernie knows how important (Singapore) is,” he is quoted by the Straits Times.


Stewart & Coulthard think Hamilton should stay at McLaren

F1 legends Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard have advised Lewis Hamilton to stay with McLaren beyond 2012. However 1996 world champion Damon Hill thinks it could be time for the British F1 driver to move on.

Celebrating his 100th race at Hockenheim this weekend, 2008 world champion Hamilton is reportedly considering leaving the famous British team that gave him his grand prix debut back in 2007.

“I see no need for him to move away from McLaren,” triple world champion Stewart told the Daily Mail. “I think it would be quite daft if he did. He knows they have got the resources,” added the 73-year-old Scot. “You have to have the basic ingredients and McLaren have all of them and know how to do it and they have got a very experienced group of people.”

Stewart also thinks Hamilton, 27, will find it hard to get “the sort of salary he enjoys” elsewhere.

Former McLaren driver Coulthard agrees with Stewart that McLaren is Hamilton’s best bet for 2013.

“McLaren are a special team, a massive team and you do not give up a race seat there lightly,” he wrote in his latest Telegraph column.

Coulthard said moving to Lotus would be a “huge punt” for Hamilton if he wants to win the world championship again.

“No, I would advise Lewis to stay right where he is, and I am sure he will,” added the Scot.

But former Williams title winner Hill said Hamilton might be right to think the grass could be greener elsewhere.

“I’m sure Lewis feels that his trajectory had him down for at least two world championships by now, if not three,” he told the Express newspaper.

But Hill conceded: “To try a move might be a risk for Lewis. But the counter argument is whether you can grow successfully within the same organisation.

“When you start off as a very young boy with an organisation, sometimes it’s difficult for that organisation to realise that the young boy is no longer a young boy, he’s a man, able to make his own decisions and go in his own direction.

“It can be a question of whether he gets that at McLaren.”

Stewart, meanwhile, said he thinks Michael Schumacher should finally call his 19-season F1 career a day after his Mercedes contract expires this year.

“He should have got it out of his system by now in my mind,” he said.

“I would like to see him maybe getting a victory this year and then retiring.”

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone disagrees, arguing that he is “always happy” to see the iconic German on the grid.

Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil agrees: “If I was in his situation, I would probably go on too,” he said on German television Sky.

And Hans-Joachim Stuck, the German motor racing federation president, told Spox: “In my opinion, he is long overdue for a win.”


DC predicts Singapore crashfest

Webber SingaporeFormula One veteran David Coulthard has warned of an incident-packed weekend in Singapore as his peers gear up for what will be a critical qualifying session under the city’s night sky.

Opening practice for the historic grand prix got underway in spectacular fashion on Friday. Some 1,600 lights illuminated the new street track as the full rip-roaring force of Formula One reverberated around Singapore’s sprawling metropolis.

But as new and challenging as the track may be, the drivers were not about to adopt caution and prudence into their vocabulary this late into the season, and a few were caught out by the nuances of the bumpy 23-corner street circuit.

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber was the first to fall foul of the Singapore armco after he over-cooked it into the chicane at Turn 18. A rather sheepish Webber looked on as his mechanics repaired his stricken RB4 and he rejoined the second practice session with 25 minutes remaining.

The Aussie wasn’t the only driver to feel the wrath of the city’s streets. Timo Glock wrote of his Toyota after dropping it into the wall at Turn 7, while several drivers had moments at the final corner leading onto the pit straight.

“It s like the cobbled streets of Paris and very unforgiving, I think there will be a lot of incidents during the race,” warned Coulthard.

“Unlike Valencia, which was a smooth circuit with very good kerbs, the kerbs here are very aggressive, especially at Turn Ten.”

“We ve already seen a few people having incidents this morning and I think we ll see more of the same story during the weekend.”

After the opening day of running several drivers expressed their concern to race director Charlie Whiting about the lighting (in places), bumps and the pitlane entry and exit.

It is expected that modifications will be made to the pitlane entry and exit which are both on the racing line. The Turn 10 chicane, which has already received scrutiny for its high bumps on the kerbs, may also be amended.

Preparing for the Singapore GP: An unusual challenge

SingaporeFormula One drivers are making slightly unusual preparations ahead of F1’s first ever night race this weekend in Singapore.

Qualifying for the race takes places at 10pm Sunday, whilst the race on Sunday will start at 8pm, much later than the afternoon starts the drivers are accustomed to. This means that drivers will basically remain on European time rather than getting used to Singapore’s local time.

“Singapore is going to be a unique challenge for every member of the team,” McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton explained to the Straits Times. “Our doctor has prepared a very precise schedule for the drivers to stick to because all the sessions are so later in the day.

“Essentially we must not acclimatise to the local time which is different to how we normally operate.

“Our training programmes ensure that over a race weekend we are at peak performance during the afternoons and, as a result, we are going to be staying in European time so this doesn’t get disrupted.”

So what exactly does this regime consist of? For Hamilton, he will be rising early-afternoon for breakfast, dinner will be at 1 in the morning, and bed-time will be around 3am. Team-mate Kovalainen added that the hotel room windows will be blacked out to allow the drivers to sleep late in the day without being disturbed too much by the sunlight.

Red Bull driver David Coulthard has a slightly different regime. “I am staying up late at night; I am going out to nightclubs; And I’m eating a lot of carrots because thy apparently help you to see in the dark!

“Inevitably, ensuring all the team personnel have the opportunity to get enough sleep will be the main challenge over the course of the weekend,” Coulthard continued, pointing out that it isn’t just the drivers that will have a challenging weekend. “For example the mechanics won’t be going to bed until 4 5am because e finish running late in the evening and there is a programme of work to complete prior to the next day.

“The reality is that it will be hard work for the mechanics, engineers, support crew, marketing operations and we will take measures to support this. But I don’t believe it will have a massive impact on the cars and the drivers.”

Massa: Overtaking will be difficult at Singapore track

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa believes that qualifying will be critical to this weekend’s racing as he does not believe the Singapore track is conducive to overtaking.

“Saturday will be very important, for sure,” he told the Straits Times. “I’ve never driven on the Singapore track but it will be even more difficult to overtake compared to Valencia because the straights are even shorter.”

Red Bull’s David Coulthard concurs with Massa. “It appears to be less flowing than Valencia and more of a classic street track with lots of 90 degree block changes, albeit a relatively wide one in most parts.”

Coulthard to become a father

David Coulthard has revealed that he is expecting his first child with fiancée Karen Minier. The 37-year old F1 driver has confirmed that the baby will be a boy and he is due just after the 2008 season has ended.

It will be Coulthard s first child, although Minier has a 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Coulthard has said that impending fatherhood was not the driving force behind his decision to quit the sport.

“I am really excited about the baby,” Coulthard explained to the British newspaper The Sun. “It s not a new experience for Karen but it will be for me. The baby is due after the end of the season so things have worked out perfectly.”

Minier was formerly a Formula One reporter for Belgian TV. The pair started dating in 2005 and got engaged a year later.

Coulthard races with same engine for third time

David CoulthardDavid Coulthard will be using the same engine at Hungary, meaning the engine will be run for three straight races in a row. The decision has been made to ensure he is on a different engine cycle to team-mate Mark Webber, and also so that he gets different engines in Belgium and Italy the two tracks are notorious for being two of the toughest tracks for engines on the racing calendar.

“First of all his V8 has not done too much running and we are not especially worried about its reliability,” Fabrice Lom, who looks after Renault s involvement at Red Bull Racing, explained.

“Plus, having our two drivers out of synch on the engine cycle means that we won’t be putting all our eggs in the same basket. This decision will also help us in the second half of the season in terms of the logistical challenge.

“And finally, it means that David will not have to use the same engine in Spa and Monza which are two of the toughest challenges on the calendar.”

Toyota reveal cause of Glock’s accident

Toyota TF108Toyota have found the cause of Timo Glock s crash. The German driver suffered a big impact at the German Grand Prix on lap 36 his suspension looked to fail on the final corner of the lap, sending the car careering across the track and smashing into the pit wall.

Toyota have said that the incident was caused by one of the parts within Glock s car being carried over from Silverstone to Hockenheim and it failed due to being damaged during the British Grand Prix. The team have said they have now changed their inspection processes so that the same problem will not happen again.

Following Timo Glock’s incident during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Toyota Motorsport initiated a thorough investigation,” Toyota said in a statement.

“This initially established that a rear toelink gave way causing Timo to lose control of the car, but confirmed that there were no exceptional circumstances before or during the incident in the German Grand Prix.

“Further investigation has established that damage sustained in the British Grand Prix two weeks earlier was the cause. During that race Timo suffered several incidents.

“As is normal practice, some parts from the British Grand Prix were carried over to Hockenheim, including most of the rear right suspension. Although the parts were subjected to the normal test and screening process following the Silverstone race and passed fit for use at Hockenheim, it has become apparent that it did not identify an issue which subsequently led to the incident at Hockenheim.

“As a result of this investigation, Toyota Motorsport has revised its inspection processes to include such cases and is extremely confident there will be no repeat.”

David Coulthard has called on the FIA to launch a probe into the Toyota cars. Coulthard said that when Red Bull had failures of their suspension at Sepang and Melbourne at the start of the season, the FIA asked Red Bull to put together a report showing that the car was safe to race. The Scottish driver believes that the FIA should be doing the same thing for Toyota as they have now had two chassis problems a rear wing fell off at Silverstone, and the suspension failed on Glock s car at Hockenheim.

“I didn t hear of any investigation into the structural integrity of the Toyota,” he explained in his column for the ITV website. “But presumable that will happen because when we had a suspension breakage in Malaysia we came under the spotlight of the FIA in a way that was publicly uncomfortable for the team.”