Mercedes-Benz announces drivers for 2010 DTM

Kharl Prado April 17, 2010


While movie stars can be forced into retirement when they run out of projects, retired F1 drivers have it better off. Having already proven their worth behind the wheel, it’s a lot easier for them to find teams willing to reemploy them.

One fine example is David Coulthard. Having won 13 Grand Prix races in a span of 15 years, he almost made it World Champion in 2001. Now working as F1 racing consultant for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, DC has been given an driver’s slot by Mercedes-Benz in the DTM German Touring Car series.

DC will riding with his wingman, rising Chinese racing star Franky Cheng, and three other drivers, driving a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. News of DC’s return to racing came as early as December last year, but was only made official and announced publicly on Easter Day this year by Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug.

DC and Cheng are going to be joining the Mercedes-Benz ranks with Paul di Resta and Gary Parffett, both certified F1 test drivers for Force India and McLaren respectively, as well as Bruno Spengler of Canada and younger brother of the seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, Ralf.

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Comments (3)

  1. Keiichi, thanks for mentioning “Franky) (Cheng)He lost a lot of positive publicity over the last 2 seasons, due partly to the demise of A1GP and not a little due to the driving options open to him, of which I will say no more.

    His circumstance during this period of time left him in the shadow of less talanted drivers who were either well publicized or, and better funded. It is now up to Franky to demonstrate to the racing world that he is worthy of the opportunity Mercedes have given him, not to mention the extremely talented company he will be keeping.

    Franky is not just an iconic figure, he is a recognized international figure throughout the racing world with a wide variety od experience at his disposal. More importantly, it is to be hoped China recognizes what a jewel he is in their crown and parts with just a little of the immense wealth of China is now generating.

    Thanks Keiichi Thanks Mercedes

    Frankys English Dad

  2. Don’t mention it, Mr. Morrell. You’re most welcome. It’s our job here at BenzInsider to inform people of the latest happenings around Mercedes-Benz. We’re sure Franky will be a valuable addition to the Mercedes-Benz DTM family. All the best to both of you, and thank you for tuning in. ^_^

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