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Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Ile Notre Dame, Montreal, 6-8 June

David Coulthard
Coulthard won his first points in Canada with fifth in the 1994 race

David Coulthard celebrated his first podium for two years at the Canadian Grand Prix - the race where he claimed the first points of his career in 1994.

The Scot had not scored in the first five races of 2008 but made amends with a surprise third in Montreal.

"I am delighted because I never expected to get a podium this weekend," the 37-year-old Red Bull driver said.

"Canada was where I scored my first points so I am in a reflective mood - 15 seasons seems a long time."

Coulthard, who was last on the podium in Monaco in 2006, used his experience to pick his way through the field from 13th place on the grid.

He worked his way up to third following the intervention of the safety car and the fall-out from Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen's pit-lane crash.


After two retirements this season and two best-place finishes of ninth, Coulthard was satisfied to get his campaign up and running.

"I have had a horrible, ugly start to the year," said Coulthard, who has now finished on the podium 62 times in his Formula One career.

"So I'm delighted to get a podium for the team, it's a real credit to Red Bull for the efforts they are putting in."

Coulthard had to run to take his place on the podium after his car ground to a halt after the race.

And the Scot said he had to nurse his car through the closing stages of the race as its performance began to deteriorate.

"You cannot believe how difficult it was at the end," Coulthard said.

"I just had to bring the car home. Funny enough the car stopped in the pit lane so I'm glad it did it after the chequered flag.

"You can expect some unusual results here, so we fuelled it long and the one-stop strategy worked well.

"The start was pretty hairy with all the cars bunched up but my goal was to get to the finish and get the points so this is a great result."

see also
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Coulthard fears for driver safety
16 Jan 08 |  Formula One
Coulthard extends Red Bull deal
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