A nose-cone from the Red Bull Racing  RB4 'Wings for Life' car, David Coulthard's last F1 race, Brazilian Grand Prix 2008,
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A nose-cone from the Red Bull Racing RB4 'Wings for Life' car, David Coulthard's last F1 race, Brazilian Grand Prix 2008,
Sold for £500 (US$ 849) inc. premium
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A nose-cone from the Red Bull Racing RB4 'Wings for Life' car, David Coulthard's last F1 race, Brazilian Grand Prix 2008,
carbon-fibre composite numbered RB4-BO-02261-01 #104, with FIA sticker number 56522, bearing number 9 and other sponsors stickers, this nose was fitted and run for a test lap at the Singapore Grand Prix weekend and then ran in every session of the Brazilian Grand Prix. It travelled a total of 441.76 miles before the car was hit from behind by Nico Rosberg's Williams in turn two on the opening lap of the race, spinning Coulthard's RB7 round, the Red Bull then collided with the other Williams of Kazuki Nakajima causing the damage seen on this component, and ending the race for Coulthard. 94cm long.

Footnotes

  • Red Bull sought permission from the FIA to run Coulthard and Webber in cars bearing different liveries. This car was decorated in a 'Wings for Life' livery and unfortunately did not receive all the publicity the charity or driver had hoped for. David Coulthard expressed his disappointment in his early exit from his final Formula One race, saying that "I'm pretty gutted, it's not how I wanted to end my career." he also said that he had planned to perform doughnuts for the crowd, a celebration discouraged in Formula One. Coulthard left Formula 1 after 15 years with 246 race starts and 13 wins. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said "It's a great shame for David to be eliminated from his last Grand Prix at the first corner, but he can look back on a long and illustrious career where he's achieved a great deal." Coulthard continued to work for Red Bull Racing as a testing and development consultant, still represents the Wings for Life charity, and can been seen and heard regularly on the BBC's Formula 1 coverage, as the voice of experience.
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