x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Coulthard: no plans to return to F1

David Coulthard may return to competitive racing next season although the Scot has no plans to revive his Formula One career.

ABU DHABI // David Coulthard may return to competitive racing next season although the Scot has no plans to revive his Formula One career. He retired from Formula One at the end of 2008 after 15 seasons in motorsport's top echelon that yielded 13 race wins. While Coulthard has driven in promotional events this year - something he said gives him "exactly the same feeling of adrenalin" as he got at a Grand Prix weekend - he has not raced since the Brazilian Grand Prix in November last year.

"I still think I could compete and be competitive [in Formula One], but there's a point it has to come to an end. I prefer to make that decision," he said. "When I retired, I said I was not hanging up my helmet. I still feel like a racer in my heart and there have been many times this year when I wished I was out on track. "In November-December time I will look at it. I'm not too old to race other things. It could be sports cars. If there's an opportunity, so be it, but I've got other things [to do]."

Coulthard is not looking to follow the lead of other former Grand Prix drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya and explore opportunities in North America. "A full-time racing career in the United States means moving to America, but my family is in Europe," he said. Coulthard is a consultant to the Red Bull team he drove for in his last four years of racing and a television pundit for the BBC. "I enjoy driving more because you're more in control," he said. "Being a driver gives you a sense of freedom, of being right on the edge of adhesion, of controlling the power. When you're working in TV, you're part of a number of people and therefore you have to share the responsibility.

"But as a driver, you're so focused on delivering on the track you don't always get the opportunity to get involved in more of the social side in the different countries." dbardsley@thenational.ae