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At least as far as the rumor mill is concerned, David Coulthard's test caused a stir. Because if there should really be something that M ercedes DTM draft horse Ralf Schumacher toying with a Formula 1 comeback at Stefan GP, ​​Coulthard, as a former Formula 1 driver, would be a big catch for PR reasons alone .

Will Coulthard take over Schumacher's place?

The fact is that Schumacher always said that he had the right team and an attractive offer could imagine a return to the premier class. However, he also repeatedly emphasized that he would be happy to continue working with Mercedes in the DTM. A Mercedes spokesman confirmed that there are currently talks between Schumacher and Mercedes.

Ob Coulthard, who was in the service of Mercedes at McLaren-Mercedes in Formula 1 from 1996 to 2004, actually made a comeback as Racing driver in the DTM remains open. When asked by auto-motor-und-sport.de, Mercedes didn't want to comment on the course of the test drives or the background.

After the test, Coulthard said: 'Driving the DTM C-Class was fantastic Experience for me. The car not only impresses with the good performance of the Mercedes-Benz engine, but also with a high level of downforce, especially in middle and fast corners. Overall, I am very impressed with the DTM and the test was a great experience for me. Many thanks for this opportunity to Norbert Haug and the whole Mercedes-Benz Motorsport team. '

Bruno Senna, Kimi Räikkönen and Moto GP driver Valentino Rossi have also tested a DTM before -Auto, but that didn't result in a DTM involvement. Only with Mika Häkkinen, Jean Alesi and Ralf Schumacher was there a commitment as a Mercedes works driver in the DTM after a test.

Mercedes has not yet officially confirmed the DTM driver squad

However, it is still unclear who will have factory driver status in the star team in the 2010 season. Paul di Resta was selected as Force India Test and replacement drivers are required. Since the Formula 1 test runs are so limited, the Scot will probably continue to use the DTM to racedrive. Gary Paffett will probably stay with the DTM too, although he continues to work for McLaren as a test driver. One can also assume that Bruno Spengler will continue to compete for Mercedes.

How the distribution of the annual cars will look is, however, literally in the stars. At the CMT trade fair in Stuttgart (January 23), Maro Engel told auto motor und sport that it was not yet clear which car he would be sitting in. It remains to be seen whether Mathias Lauda will continue to be part of the driver squad after four DTM seasons and only a few convincing results. With Susie Stoddart, one can assume that the Stuttgart-based company will continue to support the team as the only lady and Jamie Green will probably also be there again.

Audi is also taking its time with the announcement

Also Audi has not yet confirmed the driver squad around five weeks before the first test drives in Valencia, Spain. After Tom Kristensen's resignation, a place will be available for the Ingolstadt-based company. Oliver Jarvis will take over the new car, but this will free up a place in the annual car. While champions Timo Scheider, Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekström will definitely start again for Abt, the line-up of the annual cars is not yet through. Initially, Alexandre Prémat's chair was rumored to be wobbly, but the Frenchman confirmed the Audi commitment in 2010 at the beginning of February. Mike Rockenfeller and Markus Winkelhock should also be seated again. How the future of Katherine Legge will stand remains to be seen.


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