F1’s David Coulthard was convinced sex made him drive faster
F1 legend David Coulthard once suggested that sex before a race made him drive faster.
Coulthard, 51, drove in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2019 and came close to winning the drivers’ title during his time at McLaren. The Scot won 13 races in total and finished in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship five times in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Most people would assume the secret to Coulthard’s relative success is his raw driving ability. But it seems a healthy dose of pre-race bonking also played a part in his role at the top of the grid.
When asked in 2002 if he’d had sex before a race, he reportedly replied, “Sure, why not?” According to the Irish Examiner, Coulthard, who is now married to stunning Belgian F1 star Karen Minier, added: “Sex makes you fast.”
Coulthard earned a reputation as a playboy during his F1 days. So it was perhaps no surprise that in 2010 he revealed that Playboy King Hugh Hefner was himself his all-time hero.
“I could set myself up by naming Hugh Hefner as my hero, but I have a few good reasons,” Coulthard said. “I’m sure Playboy influenced me. Even though I took my shopping very seriously, I knew there was always another side, the glamor and the parties.
“I always knew it wasn’t just about the driving, that there could be an off-road lifestyle associated with what was going on there. At Twynholm I was three miles from the school and 30 miles from a town with even the most basic entertainment, like a movie theater or McDonalds.
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“The world of Playboy could hardly have been further removed, even when I entered motorsport through karting and watched F1 on the BBC. Things started to change when I discovered this magazine called Playboy, which was read by truckers who worked for my father’s trucking company.
“These guys spend a lot of time on the road alone, so the Playboy copies, with stories from exotic locations around the world and, yes, pictures of naked girls, were pretty popular, as you can imagine. I didn’t become a Playboy fan just because I wanted a quick thrill, I read it cover to cover.
“People sometimes forget that it had some of the best writers and that it was so much more than a porn magazine. Through Playboy, I began to discover a world that I could only dream of. Hefner really had an idea of the “lifestyle” that shaped it.
Coulthard, who retired from F1 in 2009 and now works as a pundit, added: “I have to admit though that the life I lived in F1 is much closer to what I read in Playboy than of all that I was born in Twynholm.”