Former Formula One driver David Coulthard has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Ferrari in 1996.
Speaking to Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE, the Scot revealed that Ferrari approached him at the end of the 95 season while he was at Williams to join defending world champion Michael Schumacher at the Prancing Horse for 1996.
Coulthard said that he decided against moving to Ferrari as he knew he would have been the designated number 2 driver to Michael Schumacher and instead chose a big money move to McLaren as team mate to Mika Hakkinen.
Coulthard famously had a bust up with Michael Schumacher at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix where the German confronted the Scot in the McLaren garage as he felt that Coulthard had forced him to retire from the race.
Coulthard won 13 Grand Prix and in 2005 following nine seasons with McLaren he moved to Red Bull Racing after Red Bull purchased Jaguar Racing.
At the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, Coulthard scored Red Bull Racing’s first podium with a third place finish behind race winner Fernando Alonso and second placed Juan Pablo Montoya, the man who replaced him at McLaren.
Coulthard retired from Formula One at the end of 2008 and entered into the of TV commentary with the BBC, spending seven seasons with the BBC before moving to Channel 4 when the commercial broadcaster took over the BBC’s contract.
Coulthard co owns Whisper Films who produce Channel 4’s Formula One coverage along with other sporting events and other events outside of Motorsport such as the NFL.
Coulthard is also involved in the W Series championship which launched in 2019 to great success.