Norbert Haug hails departing Coulthard
18 October 2012 – Norbert Haug has praised David Coulthard for his contribution to motorsport both on and off the race track. On Thursday, the Scot announced that – following this weekend’s DTM finale at Hockenheim – he will be ending his career as an active racing driver.
After retiring from Formula 1 at the end of 2008, Coulthard joined BBC Sport in the role of F1 pundit which he still holds. His DTM debut with Mercedes came in 2010.
“David is our first F1 winner of the modern era and that victory, on 9th March 1997 in Melbourne, ensures his place in our motorsport history,” says Haug, Vice President for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “David drove successfully for us and our partner McLaren during nine Formula 1 seasons and still today he is one of the most popular racing drivers in the world.
“David’s involvement in the DTM has been good for him and for the championship – he is skilled on the race track and eloquent and analytical in his TV work and as an AMG brand ambassador. He has been a successful member of the Mercedes family for over a decade and a half and will remain so after his retirement from active racing.
“An abbreviation from the racing world best summarises what I want to say to David on behalf of everybody: TD – but this time, it stands for ‘Thanks, David’.”
Between 1994 and 2008, Coulthard won 13 Formula 1 Grands Prix.