David Coulthard makes offer for F1 return at 52 years old and receives response

Former Red Bull driver David Coulthard made a tongue-in-cheek request to Christian Horner to replace Daniel Ricciardo at the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend. Ricciardo is having to skip the race after breaking his arm in the second qualifying session on Friday.

AlphaTauri reserve driver Liam Lawson is set to make his F1 debut in place of the injured Aussie. But 13-time Grand Prix winner Coulthard took to social media to offer his experience to the team bottom of the Constructors’ Championship.

In a post titled ‘Why I should be Daniel’s reserve driver’, Coulthard wrote: “Dear Christian Horner, please read my PowerPoint for why I should be Daniel’s reserve driver; I am quick on track, I did get Red Bull’s first podium, the engineers and I already get along, this would make me the 7th oldest ever F1 driver.”

At 52 years old, Coulthard would become the seventh oldest F1 driver of all time. Not since 1958 has a driver over the age of 52 competed in motorsport’s premier competition. But Horner was quick the shut down any hope the Brit had.

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“Dear DC,” he replied. “Thank you for your application and despite the significant amount of crash damage at numerous races you created, we might now need a reserve and as the silver fox of the paddock, you would at least make Fernando Alonso feel young again. Best wishes Christian.”

Explaining his FP2 crash that ruled him out of the race, Ricciardo said: “I remember coming into Turn 3. I had already gotten into the corner and then saw Piastri, so it was either hit him or the wall. When I hit the wall, I didn’t have enough time to take my hands off the steering wheel so the wheel came and hit my hand. It’s really unfortunate and frustrating, but I’ll try to recover as quickly as I can.

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“Obviously, I’d love to get back soon, but I also want to ensure we do things the right way, so I come back strong and competitive. I wish the team well, and I’m sorry for the change in plans again.

“It’s a chance for Liam to have a go. I wish him and the team a strong weekend.”

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