• Oct 26th 2009 at 6:32PM
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David Coulthard demonstrates for Red Bull Racing in Mumbai, India – Click above for high-res image gallery

You can't blame an F1 driver from driving fast. That's what they're supposed to do. Evidently authorities in India feel differently, however, as they've slapped David Coulthard with an enormous £20,000 (approx $33k) ticket for breaking the speed limit. The kicker? It was for a Formula 1 demonstration on a closed-off section of roadway.

The winner of thirteen grands prix (and one of the top points scorers of all time) retired from active racing at the end of last season, but remains a consultant and test driver for the Red Bull Racing team which he helped form. The team recently held a demonstration run in Mumbai, India, drawing a crowd of some 50,000 racing fans.

Part of the route took Coulthard across the Rajiv Ghandi Sea Link. The bridge has a maximum speed limit of 62 miles per hour, and even drops to 31 MPH in some parts. DC, however, was clocked at 162 MPH. As a result, the local authorities are reportedly withholding the £20,000 deposit which the team put down for the event, making for one mammoth speeding ticket. But at least Coulthard isn't stuck paying out of pocket.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      " India is all about speed. Hot, Nasty, Bad ass speed" - Ghandi
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so old... this happened like a month ago.... where were you ab?
      • 5 Years Ago
      He shoulda bribed the cop. That's what I do every time I visit, I kid you not. Even the smallest bribe will do the trick. (Cops, as well as other authorities in India, are incredibly corrupt, if you haven't noticed.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        $20k GBP is a pretty good bribe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno..I tried bribing a cop once with $3 and 20 rupees, all the cash on me..I ended up having to escape three cop SUVs on that rusty ol Bajaj, which made for a pretty hairy ten minutes ;) Thank Ganesh for rush hour traffic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an Indian, I'm not surprised. This is the kind of stupidity that the Indian economy has thrived in spite of, not because.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog can't convert units..... o_0

        I said it. In the first post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, seems excessive, granted. And it doesn't paint India as real F1-friendly. But to be fair, as the photos illustrate, there were no safety barriers and this was probably no place to do those speeds around crowds of that size.

        Anyone recall the LeMans disaster of 1955? Almost 100 spectators killed when a car flew into the stands, broke up and tumbled. Ever felt a carbon fiber shard? Imagine thousands of knives flying through a crowd. It would be a huge setback for the sport if anything were to go wrong here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As an Indian you should not be surprised at the corruption in Mumbai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So lame. I hope India never gets a GP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, so many peole who didn't read the article... hurt soemone in the crowd?? Hey silly, the section of the bridge and roadway was CLOSED!! Duh...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone in India is corrupt. Negotiate a bribe, they will take anything
      • 5 Years Ago
      Smart move putting down a hefty deposit with a corrupt government. They should have a Mexican bank handle all of their investments, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's Bernie when he's needed to negotiate something constructive? Like giving India and its corruption the finger, saying we don't need a GP there, and swearing to never show up there again. That would get the ticket canceled.
      • 5 Years Ago
      stupid indian police, WTF i mean seriously a closed off road for a formula 1 demonstration WHY WOULD THEY GIVE HIM A TICKET???!?!?!?! and what kind of speed limit is 62?!?!?! and 31 HOW Random is that LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did you not see the guard rail retard? I dont think you can get anymore saftey conscious then that. After all they do protect thousands of cell phone talking, mcdonalds eating retarted u.s drivers all around america.
      • 5 Years Ago

      A clear message as to how much India is intrested in hosting a
      Grand(s) Prix. They would probably issue a ticket for every
      straightaway after the turns; every time. By the time the circuit got
      done paying for the time trials they'd be bankrupt and the race would
      never happen. And who knows how many drivers would be imprisoned and
      held for ransom oops I mean until all the fines were paid.
      We should go there it would be fun to watch (what is the shutter
      speed of a camera???

      • 5 Years Ago
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