David Coulthard is to pay tribute to fellow Scot Colin McRae in the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji this weekend after announcing that he will swap his normal race helmet for one in the colours of the 1995 World Rally Champion.

McRae, who was a family friend of Coulthard and competed alongside the Red Bull Racing ace in the annual Race of Champions event, died in a helicopter accident earlier this month along with his son Johnny and two family friends - with the incident leaving the wider motorsport community in mourning for one of its biggest names.

Coulthard will pay his own tribute to the former Subaru and Ford driver by wearing the helmet this weekend, which will then be signed by his fellow and passed the helmet over to McRae's family to show the high regard in which he was held by the Formula 1 paddock.

"I will race with a helmet painted in Colin McRae's colours at the Japanese Grand Prix," DC said in his ITV-F1 column. "I'm also hoping to get the other drivers to sign it and give it to the McRae family as a show of respect from Formula 1.

"I obviously had a friendship with him and there are a number of other guys in F1 that knew him as well. I know that there was a high regard for his driving skill among us. He was such an understated yet fantastically talented individual.

"It's a tragedy for all the families involved."

 

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