by Rob Wilkins

Red Bull Racing's David Coulthard has confirmed that he wants to keep on racing in Formula 1 post-2008, when his deal with the Milton-Keynes based operation expires.

DC, who is now one of the veterans of the sport, having made his debut with Williams back in 1994, was in London on Monday to promote his recently released autobiography, 'It Is What It Is'.

Speaking exclusively to Radio at the 'Pole Position World of Motorsport' Regent Street store - where he was on hand signing copies of his book, the Scot said that definitely wants to remain behind the wheel for a few more seasons yet.

"I have no plan to stop racing," he replied, when asked if he will continue to compete in Formula 1 after next year.

"So the simple answer is yes, to your question. Yes, as simple as that."

As for the recent Italian Grand Prix, which by all accounts was a nightmare weekend for the multiple grand prix winner, he added that while it wasn't good for him, there were still positives to be taken from it by Red Bull.

"We have always got to look for the fact that despite my retirement after obviously a crash, Mark [Webber]'s car ran reliably in the race and he was so close to being in a position to score a point, which is very valuable for where we are at this time.

"Now we have four more opportunities to actually do that and we are trying as hard as we can.

"We are in sixth place in the constructors', which may not sound wonderful, but it is better than the seventh we were in previously. We are in front of Toyota too and they are a team that has been around several years now and have a big budget."

Asked what might be possible this weekend in Belgium, the former McLaren man noted that while it will be tough to get into the top eight that is what he will be targeting.

"Spa is a fantastic circuit. I absolutely love it. I am looking forward to hopefully having a very strong weekend and of course that means scoring a point," he continued.

"It will be difficult to do, because you have got two McLarens, two Ferraris and two BMWs straight away that have got pace and have got reliability and they tend to be in the top six places.

"Then you are fighting with Renault, Williams and Toyota - and so there are a lot of cars trying to squeeze into the final two points' places.

"I am sure we are going to get some variable weather though, which is the nature of that area and that will maybe create a Nurburgring like situation [where we finished third and fifth earlier this year]."




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