Former F1 driver David Coulthard ended his race driving career this weekend with one final race in the German Touring Car Championship, the DTM.
After three seasons and 33 races for Mercedes-Benz, Coulthard retired on Sunday on lap 23 of the DTM grand finale at Hockenheim. BMW’s Bruno Spengler won the 2012 championship by four points and the race by 2.2 seconds ahead of Gary Paffett, who was runner-up in both the title fight and the race.
Former Formula 1 star Coulthard has decided to quit to dedicate more time to media duties. The 41-year-old Scotsman will concentrate on his co-commentary role as part of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage – and his own family.
“Competing in my last race here at Hockenheim in front of so many DTM fans has been a great honour. I had intended securing a better result on the occasion of bowing out. However, you can’t pick and choose in the DTM. This is racing at the highest level. I have had an absolutely brilliant time in the past three years and will always look back with fondness to this period in my life,” said Coulthard after the race.
The Scotsman will also retain his role as a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. Coulthard won 13 of 246 Grand Prix in F1, over a 15-season career.