David Coulthard admitted he was gutted with the final race of his Formula One career after seeing the curtain come down on his Brazilian Grand Prix at turn one.

Running in a special livery supporting the Wings for Life charity, the Scot was seeking to at least see the chequered flag in his swansong in the sport, but the Red Bull Racing man was right in the danger zone for the tricky opening corners at Interlagos having qualified in 15th place on the grid.

A rain shower that delayed the start by ten minutes and left the circuit wet made the start even trickier but having made it round the left-hander into the Senna S, Coulthard was then tagged from behind by Nico Rosberg going into the right-hander and clipped Kazuki Nakajima as the sister Williams tried to squeeze past, forcing the Scot into retirement.

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"I'm pretty gutted, it's not how I wanted to end my career," he said. "I took a cautious approach into turn one and left plenty of space for the car on the inside, but unfortunately I think Rosberg hit me though turn two, which spun me round. I thought it would be okay, but then Nakajima ran into the front of my car and took off the front corner.

"I felt good on the warm up laps going to the grid, I had no problem with it being wet and I wanted to get to the chequered flag. I was going to do some do-nuts for the crowd, which is something you normally get fined for, but it didn't work out."

Despite the obvious disappointment of failing to finish, Coulthard admitted he couldn't complain too much at the end of a career that saw him take to the top step of the podium on 13 occasions and which saw him amass 535 points in the championship - making him the highest-scoring British driver in F1 history.

"I can't complain though, I've had a good career, so thank you to everyone who has supported me," he said. "Thank you also to the efforts of every member of the Red Bull Racing team for the last four years, which have been a lot of fun, I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

"I've been overwhelmed by the level of support I've had from the paddock this weekend, it means a great deal to me that so many people have taken the time to say 'nice career and good luck with the future'. And, in the absence of a World Championship, I think if I can leave with that, then that's a good ending."