Coulthard announces retirement from motor racing
18 October 2012 – David Coulthard has announced that he will be hanging up his helmet after this weekend’s DTM season finale at Hockenheim. The BBC Formula 1 pundit has raced in the German touring car series since 2010, having bowed out of F1 at the end of 2008.
At the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, Coulthard departed Formula 1 as a driver with 246 Grand Prix starts, 13 race victories and 12 pole positions to his name. His debut came with Williams in 1994 before switching to McLaren and Red Bull in 1996 and 2005, respectively. Now competing in DTM with Mercedes-Benz, he will remain an ambassador for the company.
“I am looking forward to the final race of what has been an exciting season in the DTM,” the Scot says in an official statement. “The weekend will be my final opportunity to compete at this level as I will stop racing in the DTM to concentrate on my developing off-track businesses and of course my family. I will continue to be part of the Mercedes family through my role as an AMG brand ambassador.
“I would like to thank, first of all, Norbert Haug and his team at Mercedes Motorsport for providing the opportunity, Deutsche Post for their support and their willingness to allow the Wings for Life Foundation to have promotional space on the car, which has helped raise awareness and funding for the research into spinal cord injuries. Thank you, as well, to the HWA and Mücke teams for patiently helping me with the transition from single-seaters to touring cars and of course to the people who make professional sport sustainable, the fans.
“I have enjoyed the last three years and I wish the organizers and competitors in DTM continued growth and success with the championship.”
Coulthard has been a BBC F1 pundit alongside Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan since the start of 2009, when the corporation won UK viewing rights from ITV.
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