Team owner Ron Dennis said: "David and I have discussed the decission at length. It is unfortunate. I do not want to sound uncompassionate, but there is literally no room for chinitis in motor sport"
Coultard is said to be undergoing chinitis treatment, starting with a chin hypoplasmia opporation. If all goes well, Coultard can expect a 5 inch reduction in chin girth. This may tept Minardi into offering him a contract, although possible contraindications to the proceedure such as massively increased testicular size, may hinder entrance and exit from the cock pit.