Coulthard plays down team buyout rumours

Sun, 29 June 2008, 04:33

F1 veteran David Coulthard is not ruling anything in or out about his future — including speculation this weekend that he might use some upcoming spare cash to buy Toro Rosso.

The Red Bull driver, who at 37 is the oldest active competitor on the grid, admitted recently that his fifteen consecutive seasons of formula one is currently giving him cause to reflect on the course of the years ahead.

Rumours suggest that a punditry role for Britain’s coverage of the sport on the BBC next year is an option.

But wilder speculation hints that, with the sale of his five-star Columbus hotel in Monaco pending – and half of Red Bull’s junior squad Toro Rosso on the market – he might join the action as a team owner next year.

“I’m in the middle of a GP season and I have some clear plans but that’s not one of them at the moment — you can’t go straight from primary school to university, and to presume I could go straight from driving an F1 car would be arrogant,” Coulthard said in interview with The Times.

“Buying it wouldn’t be the scary thing but finding $200m a year to run it definitely would,” he added.

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