Coulthard to Mercedes in DTM UPDATE #2 (GMM) Norbert Haug has admitted there is a "good" chance that David Coulthard will race for Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM in 2010.
Scot Coulthard, 39, recently tested the C-Class car and had said he was hoping to "complete the final details" of a deal in Melbourne last weekend.
He said he now plans to sit down with Haug, who is the German marque's competition boss, on the sidelines of the Malaysian grand prix at Sepang.
"There is still no contract signed, but David and I will have talks before the grand prix of Malaysia," the German confirmed to the SID news agency.
"The chance that we will find a solution is, I think, good," added Haug.
Coulthard drove for McLaren-Mercedes between 1996 and 2004, but finished his grand prix career two years ago at the wheel of a Red Bull.
He is still close to the energy drinks company, and attends all the F1 races as an expert pundit for British television. 03/31/10 (GMM) David Coulthard is heading into yet another grand prix weekend hoping to agree a deal to race in the German touring car series DTM in 2010.
The veteran Scot said before last weekend's Melbourne event that he wanted to find time to sit down with Mercedes' Norbert Haug in the Albert Park paddock and "complete the final details" of the deal.
"We are close," the winner of 13 F1 races, who turned 39 a few days ago, told Finland's Turun Sanomat.
"I'm looking forward to doing it (a deal) for Easter," added Coulthard, who travels to all the grands prix as an expert pundit for British television.
Former McLaren driver Coulthard has also urged Lewis Hamilton to quickly appoint a new manager, despite the 2008 world champion saying there is "no rush". zzzz
"The folly of not appointing a replacement showed over the (Melbourne) weekend," Coulthard, referring to Hamilton's brush with Melbourne police followed by on-track dramas.
"Having no manager is like a top tennis player having no coach. It's fine when you are playing well but as soon as you are struggling people will point to it as a weakness," he added.03/19/10 (GMM) According to one Red Bull insider, David Coulthard's DTM career "could have been the shortest of all time".
The Scottish veteran has tested a Mercedes C-class car of the German touring car series and is linked with a race seat in 2010.
But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport says the move may have been soured by the diminishing relationship between Mercedes and Red Bull.
Reports this week have the two brands at loggerheads over F1 engines, and 38-year-old Coulthard is still a regular in the Red Bull garages at grands prix.
The magazine said Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz is also unhappy about Mercedes' new deal to promote the Monster energy drink in formula one.
Emulating Red Bull's tactic of using alliances with extreme sports to promote its brand, Monster is now seen as the market leader's major competitor.