While he admitted his current results were below his expectations, Coulthard said he was relishing being “listened to” with an opportunity to “steer” a team.
“Obviously not stoked with the results at the moment, but everything is improving and heading in the right direction,” said Coulthard, who is set to achieve a top 10 result in both qualifying and races this season.
“But yeah, it’s a little bit less stressed down here and I’m enjoying going racing. When you enjoy it, you’re a lot more relaxed.
“I get listened to now, which is nice, and we can steer the car and the team in a direction that suits me.
“So yeah, look, it’s a long process.
“I knew what I was getting myself into, it wasn’t going to happen overnight.
“But I think you’ve seen from the progress we’ve made from the start of the year to where we are at the moment, it’s all going in the right direction.”
Coulthard combined with McLaughlin to help the Shell Ford squad win teams’ championships in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Following Coulthard’s comments, subsequent media reports suggested the two Shell Fords were set-up more to McLaughlin’s preference.
It attracted an immediate reaction from McLaughlin via social media accounts.
Pretty sure every weekend we both had the same opportunity to win with the same tools, @FabianCoulthard went his way I went mine. Sometimes we met in the middle. I liked my way. Seemed to do ok. pic.twitter.com/UWxcGlwDiu