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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Coulthard announces retirement plans

David Coulthard announced his intent to retire from Formula One at the end of the 2008 today ahead of the British Grand Prix.

"My decision to retire was taken earlier in the year and is based on a desire to stop while I am still competitive and enjoying the immense challenge that Grand Prix driving represents. I also have the desire to look for new challenges within the sport," Coulthard said on his Web site. "The decision to make this announcement at the British GP should be an obvious one for all to understand, as I have achieved two of my thirteen F1 victories at Silverstone and I am a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, which hosts this event."

The 37-year-old will remain involved with Red Bull Racing, and has no plans to remain idle in retirement.

"I will remain actively involved in the sport as a consultant to Red Bull Racing focusing on testing and development of the cars," he said. "I have an open mind as to whether or not I will compete again in the future, in some other form of motorsport, so I am definitely not hanging up my helmet!"

The Scot made his debut in 1994 for Williams, replacing the late Ayrton Senna. He when on to have some of his best years at McLaren, often in support of Mika Hakkinen. More recently he has helped guide Red Bull's F1 efforts.

In his decade-plus of work, Coulthard has 13 race wins and 62 podium finishes. His 533 points is the most by any British driver, and fourth most in history.

Coulthard finished runner-up in the 2001 championship to Michael Schumacher. He scored a career best 73 points for third in the championship in 2000.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the good guys. He'll be missed. Definitely championship caliber. Unfortunately, he hit his peak at the height of the Hakkinen-Schumacher era. For a time, no one could stop those two.
Chris

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