A 'scared' David Coulthard showed once again the difference experience can make when he scored a fourth place finish at the end of a very treacherous Japanese Grand Prix.

An impressive drive from 13th on the grid, Coulthard barely featured until the latter stages of the race as most of the attention was on his podium-elect Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber who was running second until being hit by Sebastian Vettel.

Nonetheless, Coulthard - unlike most of his rivals - kept his car pointing in the right direction and, coupled to a strong safety car aided one-stop strategy, hauled himself into contention to be running fourth in the latter stages.

Although Kimi Raikkonen found his way through, Felipe Massa's pit-stop pushed the Scot back up into his best finish since the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, while it also takes five points out of the margin to fourth place Williams in the team standings.

Even so, while Coulthard branded the race 'fun', he also admits to being rather 'scared' to be driving in such difficult conditions.

"That was very, very difficult. It's a crazy thing to be a racing driver - on the one hand you're scared, but on the other, you're having the time of your life because every moment you're right on the edge, even on the straights.

"I'm happy to score points, but obviously I'm sorry for the team to lose what looked like some great points with Mark. I'm glad the race is over, but it was a lot of fun out there."



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