Coulthard drives Red Bull car in Assen
3 August 2013 – As part of the warm-up celebrations for the Dutch motorsport festival 'Gamma Racing Day', 13-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner David Coulthard conducted an initial demonstration run in a Red Bull RB7 chassis along the Assen city waterfront.
Runner-up in the Drivers' Championship in 2001, the Scot twice took to the wheel of the car that delivered Sebastian Vettel his second and most dominant world title in 2011. Following an initial short run, the now BBC Sport pundit then spent an hour entertaining fans on the streets next to the Drentse Hoofdvaart canal.
In the main event on Sunday, the former Red Bull, McLaren and Williams driver will attempt to break the lap record at the famous TT Assen race circuit, which is currently a 1.18.765, set by former Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Bourdais during Champ Car qualifying back in 2007. Speaking exclusively to GPUpdate.net, Coulthard reckons he has the tools available to beat the Frenchman's benchmark time.
"I have a faster car at my disposal, so it should be possible," he said. "I don't know what kind of tyres we will use, but I will certainly try. Unfortunately, today didn't provide much of a possibility to showcase the true speed of the car, but I hopefully had enough of a taste to be able to give my all on Sunday."
Gamma Racing Day takes place on August 4, with tickets available on the official website.