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Coulthard takes Red Bull bosses on McLaren factory tour 02 Jul 2008

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Preparations, Magny-Cours, France, Thursday, 19 June 2008 Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Prinicpal talks with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Practice Day, Magny-Cours, France, Friday, 20 June 2008

Red Bull driver David Coulthard stepped back in time on Wednesday as he took a tour of the UK headquarters of his former team McLaren. Coulthard, who raced for the British squad from 1996 to 2004, won the exclusive visit to McLaren’s Technology Centre after outbidding rivals at a recent charity auction.

The generous Scot also invited along Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner, their executive director of engineering Adrian Newey, who worked as McLaren’s technical director until 2005, and his manager (and fellow former McLaren driver) Martin Brundle.

Following the quartet’s visit, McLaren’s Formula One CEO Martin Whitmarsh, who acted as official tour guide for the day, said: “David has always been a popular driver at McLaren and we've known him for a long time. In fact, he's driven more Grands Prix for McLaren than any other driver in Formula One history.

“It's fantastic that he has put his hand in his own pocket to support this charity auction and it's great to see him back at Woking. This afternoon showed that we still remain friends with many of our former drivers - because Martin, of course, is an ex-McLaren driver too.”

During his nine seasons with McLaren, Coulthard won 12 Grands Prix for the team. Brundle, meanwhile, raced for them for just one year in 1994 and took his best result, a second place, at that season’s Monaco round.