Apart from this weekend’s race at Hockenheim showcasing the fight for the DTM Drivers’ Championship this Sunday, it will also be the last time that Scottish racer, David Coulthard, will turn a wheel in anger on the race track for the last time, having earlier today announced his retirement from competitive racing,
The 41-year-old remains as an ambassador for the AMG brand, having been busy in various press and customer events since he took up the role last year. He has also supported some of the brand’s test activities. This is as well as continuing his role as a Formula 1 expert and commentator alongside Eddie Jordan and Ben Edwards, providing his valued opinions on the sport he competed in since 1994
In a tin-top career, spanning the last three years, he has secured two race fastest laps, 16 points, the first of which he secured at the Shanghai round in his debut year in 2010. His best finish came at the Norisring, as he placed 5th at the DTM showpiece event. Not to forget that he also won 13 races out of his 246 starts in Formula One, and came close to winning the title in 2001, and was the first winner for the new Silver Arrows era in Australia in 1997.
He is also very heavily involved with the spinal cord injury charity, Wings For Life, giving up his time willingly to be one of the major driving forces behind the worldwide initiative to help spinal cord injury become curable. He looks forward to new challenges, such as the development of his off-track businesses, as well as spending some time with his wife and son, as well as thanking the DTM, his team and sponsors: “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.”
Norbert Haug, Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, says that the endearing character of David shines through, both on and off the track, as it has helped the overall profile of the DTM, since his involvement: “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’.
So, a racer leaves the DTM, going on to pastures new, as DC has provided some comedy gems for us in the paddock, as well as some spirited driving to victory throughout his career, no matter where he raced. It only remains to be seen, as we all can only say: “Auf Wiedersehen, David,” to a loved personality, who will no doubt, continue with his wit and demeanour for many years to come, from a broadcasting and charity perspective.