‘All he wanted was my money… Eddie’s too razor-sharp as a businessman for my south-west of Scotland approach’

He remembers Eddie Jordan selling the idea as an act of philanthropy almost, a seat in his team garlanded with audacious promises.

avid Coulthard is laughing as he recalls the Dubliner’s sales-pitch, the index-linked assurances, the soaring blarney. Their legal people sat down one day in Monza, teasing out the ‘financials’ and the contract on offer could have come from Glocca Morra.

“Basically, I would have been paying a chunk of money to race with Jordan in Formula 3000 with the carrot of him then paying me a chunk of money when I stepped up to his F1 team,” reflected Coulthard from his home in Monaco this week.