As a Formula One ace, he had a track record for being a fast mover.
And now David Coulthard has proved that he also doesn’t like to wait around in matters of the heart.
The retired Scottish driver has split from his wife Karen Minier, 48, a source told the Daily Mail last night – after he was pictured without his wedding ring as he kissed and cuddled a Swedish model.
Coulthard, 50, and Sigrid Silversand put on an affectionate display as they went for a stroll in London this week.
They walked hand in hand and kissed several times. Miss Silversand was dressed casually in black trousers, trainers and a long coat.
Coulthard, who won 13 Grand Prix and is now a television commentator, has not been pictured wearing his wedding ring since January last year.
F1 star David Coulthard, 50, has crashed out of a nine-year marriage with a Belgian TV presenter and raced off with a Swedish lover, 27, who he is seen kissing and cuddling on a London stroll (pictured)
The pair were later shown sharing a kiss, pictured, in central London. Witnesses said Coulthard was no wearing his wedding ring
He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 when she was covering the Grand Prix for the French TV channel, TF1. Their son, Dayton, was born in 2008.
At the time, Coulthard described the birth as ‘the start of a fantastic period’ in his life and said ‘winning 13 races seems completely insignificant in comparison’.
He once hailed his wife a ‘fantastic kisser’, adding: ‘I did research to confirm she’s the best.’ But he was less animated when talking about their wedding day.
He told The Guardian in 2015 that it wasn’t the best day of his life and that they decided to tie the knot for their son.
He said: ‘Karen and I got married because we had a child together and I had no intention of marrying anyone else.
‘We’ve been together ten years and were married in a register office in Monaco.
Ex Formula One driver David, right, split with his wife of nine years Karen Minier, 48, left, last year (pictured in 2014)
He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 when she was covering the Grand Prix for the French TV channel, TF1. Their son, Dayton, was born in 2008
‘I don’t want to de-romanticise it – but I don’t subscribe to it being the best day of my life. On the other hand, when I got a call from the school nurse recently saying my son had hurt himself, the fear of a negative conversation immersed my body.’
Their last public appearance together was at Wimbledon in 2019 – but they were pictured having lunch with Amanda Holden and her husband Chris Hughes on the French Riviera in July 2020.
Coulthard was best man at Hughes’ wedding in 2008 to the Britain’s Got Talent judge, who follows Miss Silversand on Instagram. Pictures on her page show her posing topless and modelling underwear.
This isn’t the first time Coulthard has dated a model. He was previously engaged to American Heidi Wichlinski and was in a four-year relationship with Brazilian Simone Abdelnour.
A source told MailOnline: ‘David split with his wife over a year ago and Sigrid has been introduced to the whole family, including his son, and all is harmonious.’
They walked hand in hand and kissed several times. Miss Silversand was dressed casually in black trousers, trainers and a long coat