When you spend most of your adult life driving race cars, there will always be that urge making you want to get back to it long after you’ve retired. Once a racer, always a racer.
For F1 drivers, stepping away from the highest level of motor racing competition in the world comes with a big risk. You’ll always want to have that itch scratched no matter how worn out in the shoes you’ve become.
For David Coulthard, a return to Formula One is out of the question since his mediocre performance and announced retirement in the 2008 Grand Prix, but that doesn’t mean that his racing career is over. Far from it, actually. The 37-year old Scot has been announced as one of the drivers for the Mercedes-Benz team that will be competing at the DTM German touring car series. Coulthard’s one of a list of former F1 drivers that have found refuge in the DTM series, which also includes Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher, and former McLaren teammate and two-time F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen.
We don’t know how Coulthard’s driving skills will translate from Formula One to touring car racing, but if it’s the same old DC we know from his days with McLaren Mercedes, then we’re pretty confident that he’s going to keep on raising hell out on the race track.