Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coulthard: It's Not the End of the Road

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coulthard: It's Not the End of the Road

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Byline: By Alastair Moffitt

David Coulthard is adamant he deserves to continue his Formula One career ( and is prepared to wait for a race seat.

The Scot is Formula One's sixth most successful driver ever in terms of points scored but is facing the prospect of this month's season finale in Brazil being his last grand prix.

He will be replaced at McLaren by Juan Pablo Montoya at the end of the season and has seen his options of a race seat diminish as 2005 draws closer.

Having missed out on the vacant drives with Williams and Sauber, Coulthard was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Jaguar until they announced their withdrawal at the end of the season.

His best chance is at BAR, who will this weekend learn whether Jenson Button is allowed to jump ship to Williams.

However, the 33-year-old insists he is nowhere near the end of the road in Formula One and feels his spirited drive in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix proves he still has what it takes.

Coulthard was set to finish fourth when he was punted out by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello, ruining his best display of the season but giving the 13-times grand prix winner proof he has not lost the will to win.

He said: "It's just one race out of the season but I think it still shows I have the pace, the desire, the commitment and the overtaking ability.

"I hope it won't be my last grand prix and even if I don't have a contract next year I will be actively seeking one for the next year.

"It's as simple as that ( I'm not ready to stop racing, I'm not ready to go and race something else.

"I'll do what I can to first of all make sure I'm on the grid for next season and if I'm not, do what I can to make sure I'm on the grid for the following season."

Coulthard, who is likely to be offered a testing role at McLaren should he fail to find a race seat elsewhere, sees no problem in taking a year off to assess his options. …

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