Barely a year after hanging up his helmet at the Brazilian Grand Prix former Red Bull Racing pilot David Coulthard is said to be considering getting back in the driving seat with a move to DTM.
The Scot, who has 13 victories in F1 to his name, was back in action at the Race of Champions earlier this month. At the weekend, he met up with his old McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen, and his successor Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes Benz World at the historic Brooklands race track in Weybridge, Surrey.
Whether it was watching DTM star Mattias Ekström sweep to victory in Beijing that triggered it, or perhaps comparing notes with Hakkinen, who raced in the series for two years, DC seemed eager to get back behind the wheel of a racing car. “I wanted to take a year off to see if I missed racing, and to see if there were any options outside of Formula One,” he said.
"I was fine at the start of the year, but by the end the old competitive juices were bubbling to the surface," Coulthard wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph. "At 38, I know I have some racing left in me -- not in Formula One, perhaps, but in other series and challenges."
And given that the Scot was clearly impressed by the DTM Mercedes driven by his compatriot Paul Di Resta, that challenge would appear to lie in tin-tops. “The cars are difficult to drive, but they are great,” said Coulthard. “They look great as well. In Formula 1 we talk about double-diffusers, [but] these cars look like they have diffusers to a factor of 15! The technology level is very high.”
Either way, the head of DTM Hans Werner Aufrecht has already made it clear that the BBC pundit would be more than welcome. “I would like to see Coulthard in DTM,” he said.