David Coulthard will retire from the DTM after the final race of the season at Hockenheim this weekend.
The Scot says he wants to focus on his family and other interests, including of course his BBC F1 commentary role.
Coulthard ceded his Red Bull F1 seat to Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2008, and after a year out returned to racing with Mercedes in 2010. Over his three seasons on the category his best result was a fifth place, although he set a couple of fastest laps.
“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 said.
“I will continue to be part of the Mercedes family through my role as an AMG brand ambassador. 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.”
“David’s involvement in the DTM has been good for him and for the championship,” said Norbert Haug. “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.”