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Coulthard: "Britain is the centre of the motorsport universe"

22 June 2011 - Source
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Oh right, so that's why you decided to drive in the DTM.
schumi   Ralf Schumacher
Hi Michael, I'm glad to see you're keeping an interest in my career.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
No Dannii, I was talking to Coulthard. Although to be fair you can be entertaining to watch - everyone likes to see a big crash once in a while.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Watching F1 rejects race each other for the remaining scraps of dignity is entertaining in its own right.
diResta   Paul di Resta
It's not just F1 rejects Fernando, I'm the current DTM champion you know.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
That must be why you think your front wing is a bumper.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Anyway, let's see just how good Britain is... current F1 drivers: Britain 3, Germany 5.
nico   Nico Rosberg
Aren't there 6 German drivers at the moment Michael?
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
I was counting you and Heidfeld as halves.
nico   Nico Rosberg
Oh, is that because I'm half Finnish?
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
No Britney, that's not why at all.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
Come on guys, I think it's pretty obvious DC was talking about the grass-roots level.
DC   David Coulthard
Well I am a keen gardener Martin, but as far as I remember I was talking about cars.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
I meant grass-roots motorsport David. It's a figure of speech.
DC   David Coulthard
Oh, you mean like cross-country running?
ej   Eddie Jordan
Back when I ran my own highly successful F1 team, Ireland felt like the centre of the motorsport universe.
jackie   Jackie Stewart
As far as I remember Eddie, which is very very well, the Jordan team was based in Silverstone.
NigelErnestJamesMansellOBE   Nigel Mansell
In all your youthful banter, I think what has been forgotten here is to look to history to provide the answers. From Mike Hawthorns last gasp clinch of the 1958 championship with a wonderful 2nd pace finish in Morocco, which incidentally would have in any event gone to another Briton, Stirling Moss, had Hawthorn failed to accomplish the required placing in the final race, to my own rather more dominant sweep with the Williams team in 1992, consisting of 14 pole positions, those being in all but two grands prix, 8 fastest laps and 9 race victories, through to Jenson Button's rather petering success in 2009 with the British Brawn team, a total of 10 British drivers have shared 14 championships in the 60 year history of the sport. Incidentally, it should be noted that in my own victorious season, every race was won by a British team, despite the appearance of a plethora of driver nationalities on the various podiums and an engine manufacturer complement ranging all the way from Japan to France. Thus it must be said that there is more than an element of truth to David's assertion regarding Britain's standing in motorsport circles, at the very least in historical terms.
seb_loeb   Sebastien Loeb
You're right Kimi, Finland has had a large number of World Rally Champions. Though France has also had eight champions - Didier Auriol, me, me, me, me, me, me, and Sebastien Loeb.

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