David Coulthard is looking forward to get out on track at Silverstone, and not just because the venue brings back memories of past success with McLaren and Mercedes. Instead, the Red Bull Racing veteran is looking forward to once again taking on the challenge of one of F1's fastest tracks.

Although the 2007 season has yet to produce regular good performances for the Scot, Silverstone always stands out as one of the races he looks forward to - and has done since he was a young driver hoping to make his way up the ladder.

"I camped at Silverstone as a boy and can remember one year, maybe 1989 or 1990, standing at the inside of Stowe, watching the Ferraris coming out of the mist down Hanger Straight during a Sunday morning warm-up and just thinking 'wow, that's incredible!,' he recalled, "That's why, even today, I can still understand what it's like to be a fan. I can relate to these people that have made the journey to the circuit who want to be entertained and see a great Formula One spectacle."

The 'great Formula One spectacle' isn't just for the fans, however, as Coulthard singles out the first part of the lap at Silverstone as among the most challenging anywhere in the world.

"A race track doesn't always deliver every time, but when it does, it's very impressive," he said, "If you look at turns one to five at Silverstone, there's no faster sequence of corners anywhere in the world. It's humbling to go through there as you have to have the bit between your teeth to hook it up and get through there well.

"If you go to that section and watch drivers though those corners, it's so impressive. We don't have many circuits with corners like that in the world. Eau Rouge in Spa is a great corner, but Silverstone has four corners of that level of speed and difficulty."

Of course, adding his name to list of 'home' winners at the British Grand Prix remains an honour of which DC extremely proud, and the memory still burns brightly.

"My two British GP wins are right up there in memories of my 13 GP victories," he confirmed, "As a young lad going to Silverstone to watch grands prix, if someone had said you're going to win the British GP one day, I'd have been delighted. Therefore, to win it twice was fantastic.

"My most memorable British GP moment is actually not one of my two wins, but is from 1995. I was going into Stowe corner, which was a 90-degree right-hander at the time, and I passed Alesi to take the lead. I could hear the crowd cheering above the noise of the engines, which was incredible. I'd never heard that in my life before, and have never heard it again since. I didn't win the race because the electronics failed and I had a ten-second penalty for speeding in the pit-lane, so I finished second.

As much as the crowd's reaction proved emotional for the Scot, Coulthard insists that he doesn't feel any different racing at home.

"Much is made of what it means to be racing at your home GP, but I think the reality is that it shouldn't make any difference to how you perform, as you should be trying your best at every race, so I don't think it adds any more pressure," he claimed, "Also, when you're in the F1 paddock, you're so removed from the outside world that you could almost be at any race, anywhere in the world. But you do realise you're at home when you go out onto the track and see lots of Union Jacks in the crowd - and sometimes a few Scottish Saltires!"



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