David Coulthard could be set to return to the cockpit in 2010, if reports emanating out of Germany are to be believed - with the Scot seemingly eyeing a competitive comeback in the DTM.

Following 246 starts at the highest level - yielding 13 grand prix victories, 62 podium finishes and a staggering 535 points, making him statistically the most successful British driver in top flight history and the fourth-most successful of all time, behind only multiple world champions Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna - Coulthard hung up his F1 helmet at the end of the 2008 campaign.

Since then, he has retained a role at Red Bull Racing as a consultant and occasional test driver, but the 38-year-old has been more visible as a face of the BBC F1 commentary team, working alongside anchorman Jake Humphrey and fellow pundit and former team owner Eddie Jordan.

Now, however - following a year away from the action and the birth of his son, Dayton - it seems the competitive fire has been re-awakened inside Coulthard, who recently confessed that he perhaps walked away from F1 a year too soon.

What's more, having visited the final meeting on the 2009 DTM calendar at Hockenheim, rumours hint that the Twynholm native's strong links with Mercedes-Benz from his nine seasons spent at McLaren between 1996 and 2004 could pave the way for a tin-top switch in 2010, a scenario for which the pan-European touring car series' boss Hans-Werner Aufrecht has made no attempt to hide his enthusiasm.

"The cars are difficult to drive, but they are great," Coulthard mused, quoted by F1SA. "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.

"I wanted to take a year off to see if I missed racing, and to see if there were any options outside of Formula 1."

Coulthard does have prior experience of racing with a roof over his head, having made a one-off appearance in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in a Cook Racing-run Vauxhall Cavalier GSi at Snetterton back in 1990 and having competed in the iconic round-the-clock Le Mans 24 Hours for TWR Jaguar three years later, just under a year prior to making his F1 bow.


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