David Coulthard Bogota

David Coulthard has thrilled over 100,000 spectators with a series of demonstration runs for Red Bull Racing on the streets of the Colombian capital city, Bogota.

The Grand Prix veteran – who is set to make his competitive debut in the DTM series having recently signed with Mercedes-Benz – performed three demonstration runs in front of the excited spectators, who lined Seventh Avenue along the Plaza di Bolivar in the early hours of the morning.

The high altitude created a few issues for the run, with Coulthard struggling to generate enough power to perform doughnuts – the relative lack of oxygen at altitude can cause up to a 35% loss in power for engines.

"I was impressed with the amount of people so early in the morning," DC said after the event. "Unfortunately we had a little issue with the altitude and the engine running cleanly. I was struggling a bit with the power to do the doughnuts.

"But I really enjoyed my time in Colombia. The public have been very warm and very friendly. I was impressed with how clean the streets are. Maybe the roads are a little bit bumpy, but otherwise there was a very nice feeling here. I definitely take away very positive feelings from my trip here to Bogota.”

With the DTM calendar not clashing at all with the 2010 Formula 1 Grand Prix events, Coulthard will alternate between his DTM duties racing and commentary role with the BBC.

[Image via Red Bull]

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.