David Coulthard endured a trying season in 2006 as his Red Bull Racing team struggled with pre-season cooling issues and then midway through the year decided to focus all its efforts on the 2007 machine in a bid to regain its competitive edge.

Although he admits it was an extremely frustrating campaign, the seasoned Scot has called the experience character-building and a necessary stepping stone for future success.

Q:
Monaco apart you had a fairly difficult year in 2006, didn't you?

David Coulthard:
It was a big disappointment. We expected so much more from the year but actually ended up with fewer points than we had achieved in 2005. We understand the root of those problems, though, and it will be pretty much a fresh start next year. We have new designers led by Adrian Newey, and obviously we are keen to see what all that along with the Renault engines can give us.

Q:
Was the pain eased at all by knowing you'll have Adrian and Renault on-board next year?

DC:
It's another facet that is being added to the team and will hopefully mean we don't see the same mistakes as have happened in the past.

Q:
You've worked with Adrian many times before - what can he bring to the team?

DC:
Adrian has a winning knowledge. His car designs have won more than 100 grands prix - he is more successful than Michael Schumacher in that respect, and that doesn't happen by accident. It comes about through a very high strike rate. Of course he doesn't always get it right - when you are creating new technology and new aerodynamic shapes sometimes it doesn't quite work. We are confident we have the necessary tools, though. We have our two wind tunnels, Red Bull providing the budget and we know the Renault is a competitive engine.

Q:
You've got a new team-mate as well in Mark Webber. How are you looking forward to taking Mark on?

DC:
That's all part of Formula One. My motivation is to do the best I can, get out on the track and deliver results for the team. I look at it from that point of view, rather than looking across the garage at Mark with my focus purely on trying to beat him. I want to do the best which is to win, and in doing that you beat everyone.

Q:
You say you want to win - do you think Red Bull can achieve that in the next year or two?

DC:
If I didn't think so I wouldn't be doing it. I fully appreciated in taking the step from McLaren to Red Bull Racing that they were not in a position to win in the short-term, but I was aware of the investment that was going to be laid out by Red Bull. I was equally aware of the contacts I could help initiate to bring people to the team, and logically this is a people business. You bring the right group of people together, give them the tools to do the job and the rest should follow.

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