Coulthard signals end of motor racing career

© Nishant Raj, 18 October 2012
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Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard has announced that he would be retiring from all forms of motorsport after this year's DTM season-finale at Hockenheim this weekend.

Following his exit from F1, the Scot has been contesting in the German Touring Car championship (DTM) since 2010 but has now decided to concentrate more on his role as an F1 television presenter for the BBC among other things.

“I am looking forward to the final race of what has been an exciting season in the DTM,” said Coulthard who has registered a best race result of a fifth place in the series.

“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,” he added.

The 41-year-old will however remain with Mercedes as a brand ambassador for AMG. He also currently holds an ambassadorial role with his last F1 team Red Bull.

Coulthard, 41, took part in 246 Grands Prix with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull from 1994 to 2008 and notched up 13 race wins. He helped McLaren clinch the constructors’ championship in 1998 and finished runner-up in the drivers’ standings in 2001 behind Michael Schumacher.

 

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