F1 star David Coulthard breaks off nine-year marriage to Belgian TV presenter

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F1 star David Coulthard, 50, breaks off his nine-year marriage to a Belgian TV presenter and runs away with his 27-year-old Swedish lover, who he is seen kissing and cuddling while out for a walk in London

  • The 50-year-old and Sigrid Silversand, 27, put on an affectionate display as they strolled through London this week
  • They walked hand in hand and kissed each other several times. Miss Silversand was dressed casually in black trousers, trainers and a long coat
  • David, who has won 13 Grands Prix and is now a TV commentator, has not been pictured wearing his wedding ring since January last year.
  • He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 while she was covering the Grand Prix for French TV channel TF1. Their son, Dayton, was born in 2008










As a Formula 1 ace, he had a reputation for being a quick player.

And now David Coulthard has proven he doesn’t like to wait in matters of the heart either.

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 strolled through London this week.

They walked hand in hand and kissed each other several times. Miss Silversand was casually dressed in black trousers, trainers and a long coat.

Coulthard, who has won 13 Grands Prix and is now a television commentator, has not been pictured wearing his wedding ring since January last year.

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, right, has split from his wife of nine years Karen Minier, 48, left

He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 while she was covering the Grand Prix for French TV channel TF1.  Their son, Dayton, was born in 2008

He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 while she was covering the Grand Prix for French TV channel TF1. Their son, Dayton, was born in 2008

Coulthard was pictured this week with 27-year-old Swedish model Sigrid Silversand in London

Coulthard was pictured this week with 27-year-old Swedish model Sigrid Silversand in London

He married Belgian TV presenter Miss Minier in Monaco in 2013. They met in 2005 while she was covering the Grand Prix for 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 as a ‘fantastic kiss’, adding: ‘I’ve done research to confirm she’s the best.’ But he was less animated when he talked about their wedding day.

He told the Guardian in 2015 that it wasn’t the happiest day of his life and that they had decided to marry 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 have been together for ten years and we got married in a registry office in Monaco.

The couple were later shown sharing a kiss, pictured, in central London.  Witnesses said Coulthard was not wearing his wedding ring

The couple were later shown sharing a kiss, pictured, in central London. Witnesses said Coulthard was not wearing his wedding ring

They walked hand in hand and kissed each other several times.  Miss Silversand was dressed casually in black trousers, trainers and a long coat

They walked hand in hand and kissed each other several times. Miss Silversand was dressed casually in black trousers, trainers and a long coat

“I don’t want to de-romanticize it – but I don’t subscribe to it being the best day of my life. On the other hand, when I recently received a call from the school nurse saying that my son had injured himself, the fear of a negative conversation overwhelmed my body.

Their last public appearance together was at Wimbledon in 2019 – but they were pictured having lunch with Amanda Holden and husband Chris Hughes on the French Riviera in July 2020.

Coulthard was the best man at Hughes’ 2008 wedding to British judge Got Talent, who follows Miss Silversand on Instagram. Photos on her page show her posing topless and wearing underwear.

This isn’t the first time Coulthard has dated a model. He was previously engaged to American Heidi Wichlinski and had a four-year relationship with Brazilian Simone Abdelnour.

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