David Coulthard seeks second-season DTM improvement

David Coulthard
Coulthard struggled in his first season in DTM touring cars

David Coulthard will again compete in DTM this year knowing he must improve on last season's performance.

Coulthard collected only one point in his debut year in the German touring car series with Mercedes - and that on his final outing in Shanghai.

The Scottish former Formula 1 driver concedes his "year of apprenticeship is over" and that it is now time "to make some real progress".

"I learnt a lot and have laid good foundations for this season," he said.

Coulthard was driving an older, less powerful Mercedes C-class last season in contrast to the likes of Paul di Resta.

The young Scot claimed his first title last year before making a permanent switch to F1 with Force India.

Having moved in the opposite direction after 15 years and 246 races in F1, 40-year-old Coulthard fits the races in between his work with the BBC an as expert summariser for grands prix.

"After gaining my first point at the final race of the season, I would like to make my fans happier this season by scoring points more often," he said.

That is certainly the demand being made by Norbert Haug, the vice-president of Mercedes-Benz motorsport.

"David adjusted quickly to DTM racing and improved continually during his first season, finally securing his first point and posting the fastest lap time in Shanghai," said Haug.

"I trust he will continue to improve in his second DTM season."

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