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Coulthard fights back from fiery start 24 Aug 2007

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 24 August 2007 David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3 has a fire after spinning at turn 1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 24 August 2007

Red Bull’s David Coulthard will be hoping for better luck on Saturday after enduring a frustrating first day of practice at Istanbul Park. Coulthard was restricted to 35 laps - 12 shy of team mate Mark Webber - due to an engine fire at the end of the first session.

A fuel leak on his RB3 sparked the flames, which caused damage to the car’s electrical systems and wiring looms, prompting the Red Bull engineers to swap out its Renault V8 in a bid to try and get Coulthard out for the second session.

“The team had to find the leak and change the engine,” explained Coulthard. “Originally, we were going to use the T car for the second session, but I wanted to stay with the race car, so we changed the engine instead. The boys did a great job to get the car out again when they did, as there was a lot of work to do - it was a good effort.”

Coulthard’s cause wasn’t helped by another lengthy interruption when the afternoon session was suspended due to a loose drain cover on the circuit. When practice finally resumed with around half an hour to run, the Scot had time for just 12 laps.

But despite his troubles, Coulthard took solace from his pace, which put him 11th fastest in the afternoon, six places up on Webber. His best lap - a 1m 29.792s - was just over nine-tenths down on that of leader Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren.