FORMULA One legend David Coulthard was paid £10,000 of taxpayers’ cash to star in a 40-second road safety advert.

Transport Scotland agreed the payout to the multi-millionaire race ace – who lives in the tax haven of Monaco – for the one-day TV shoot.

The Scottish Government then splashed more public cash in a bid to keep the deal secret after the Sunday Mail submitted a Freedom of Information request asking how much Coulthard was paid.

Reported by the Daily Record. You can read the full story here.

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.