He joined McLaren for 1996, where he stayed for nine consecutive seasons. During that time, one of the longest-running driver/team partnerships in the history of the sport, he secured seven more poles and 12 victories. He finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in the 2001 World Championship.
Coulthard joined the all-new Red Bull Racing team for 2005, helping to develop it into a credible outfit and taking two podium finishes during his four years with the team.
After retiring from the cockpit at the end of 2008, the intelligent, articulate and well-informed Coulthard was soon snapped up for F1 broadcasting work, first with the BBC and, from the start of 2016, Channel 4.