pundit and co-commentator David Coulthard will compete in the DTM with Mercedes again in 2012, it has been confirmed today.
The 40-year-old, who won 13 races during his time in F1 from 1994-2008 and who finished runner-up in the F1 drivers' championship in 2001, made his debut in the German tin-top series in 2010.
Last year he was 16th in the drivers' championship, having scored one point. This year he will use the new 2012 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe, again running for Mucke Motorsport.
“In 2012, the DTM enters a new era. New cars, new technical regulations and a third manufacturer promise to make the championship more exciting than ever before. That's why I'm looking forward even more to my third year with Mercedes-Benz in this highly competitive championship,” DC said.
“The popularity of the DTM and the huge enthusiasm of the fans make this yet another excellent platform to draw attention to Wings for Life, the charity organisation for which I have been such a committed advocate over many years. I now have two years of DTM experience to draw on. My first impressions of our DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupé are very positive - especially the paddle shift on the steering wheel which I know very well from my time in F1.
“In the past two years, I've had to learn a lot about the engineering, the driving technique and about DTM racing in general. I know my team well now and, after 15 years as a member of the Mercedes-Benz family, I feel really at home. In 2012, I want to continue my progress and post some respectable results.”
Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport vice-president, added: “David is one of the best-known and most popular drivers in the DTM. He has played a prominent role in Mercedes-Benz motorsport history since winning the first race with the then brand-new McLaren Mercedes Silver Arrow in the 1997 Australian Grand Prix.
“In 2012, David will be contesting his third DTM season, and this time he has set his sights even higher.
“Last year, there were several races in which David was amongst the very fastest in the field over the entire distance. As soon as David can turn this speed into better grid positions and quicker starts, he will be a real contender. And this is our shared goal for 2012.”