Susie Wolff and David Coulthard to retire from DTM series
By Berthold Bouman
Fans of the German Touringcar Championship (DTM) know what these two drivers have in common, they were both born in Scotland, and both will unfortunately retire from the DTM championship after the last race of the season at Hockenheim this weekend, their names: Susie Wolff and David Coulthard.
Hockenheim will be the last DTM race for Susie Wolff
Wolff obviously wants more time for her role as development driver for the Williams Formula One team, and after seven years in DTM, will say goodbye to her fans at Hockenheim this weekend. In those seven years she contested 73 DTM races for Mercedes, and many fans will miss the pink painted Mercedes she always drives.
Wolff started in 2006 with the Mucke Team, and finished in the top ten during her first race. “Driving for Mercedes-Benz AMG in the DTM, one of the best championships in the world, has been an incredible journey that started seven years ago for me and I am very proud to have been part of such a great team,” she said.
And she further commented, “Along the way I have enjoyed some really exciting racing, had some tough fights and met some brilliant people. I am very grateful and feel lucky to have achieved this and will always be thankful for the opportunity Mercedes-Benz AMG and HWA gave me. Most importantly, thank you to all of my fans who have supported me. Be assured I am by no means ready to hang up my helmet yet and am looking forward to exciting new opportunities in the future.”
Coulthard retires after a relatively short DTM career, he participated in 33 DTM races, but now wants more time for his role as Formula One pundit and commentator for the BBC. The now 41-year old Coulthard has scored 16 points in his DTM career, and posted the fastest race lap twice. The Scot became a familiar sight on the German tracks in his bright yellow Mercedes.
He also had an impressive Formula One career, he participated in 246 Grands Prix from 1994 until 2008, and DC as his nick name is, won 13 races for McLaren before he moved to Red Bull Racing in 2005. In 2008 he retired from Formula One and joined the DTM circus, but perhaps wasn’t as successful as he had hoped to be.
“I am looking forward to the final race of what has been an exciting season in the DTM,” Coulthard said, adding, “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.”
Last DTM race for David Coulthard as well
Of course Coulthard found his way to DTM via Mercedes, and he thanked Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug, “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.
“Thank you, as well, to the HWA and Mücke teams for patiently helping me with the transition from single-seaters to touring cars, and of course to the people who make professional sport sustainable, the fans. I have enjoyed the last three years and I wish the organizers and competitors in DTM continued growth and success with the championship.”
And thus, after this weekend’s race at the Hockenheimring, we say goodbye to a Scotsman and a Scotswoman, it has been a pleasure seeing them race, and Grand Prix Journal wishes them all the best for the future.