It’s been a long time coming, but the first Grand Prix of the 2009 season is almost upon us.

This is the first race in an awfully long time where I won’t be automatically supporting David Coulthard following his retirement at the end of last season.

It begs the question as to who I should follow this time round - or in fact is it really necessary to follow anyone in particular?

This weekend’s race sees more than the usual amount of high-profile departures from the sport - some welcome, and some not so.

The most notable for us here in the UK, is that this will be ITV’s last race covering F1.  While most viewers won’t shed many tears at this news, we do have quite a bit to thank the broadcaster for.

Football supporters can happily walk around in a replica of their favourite teams shirt - or even personalise it with a name and number on the back so that their support of a favourite player can be displayed to the world.

Supporters of other similar sports, such as rugby, can do the same thing but there are some sports which make this incredibly difficult.

Golfing fans can only really get away with wearing a shirt like Tiger Woods may wear out on the golf course unlike a footy fan who can wear his Manchester United shirt every minute of every day if he wants to.  With Wimbledon just gone, how many replica Nike shirts have been worn around the streets with people showing support for Federer or Nadal?  Not many I would bet.

DC appears to like dropping hints about his plans without giving the whole game away.

His press conference following an unexpected podium in Canada sounded awfully like a farewell speech of sorts although this was denied at the time, however it has subsequently turned out to be just that.

Now when asked about his future outside of being an F1 driver in an exclusive interview with formula1.com, he has stated that a life in the media may lie ahead :

Also on the side of the media, I can contribute a lot, as I have the knowledge of what its like inside a team.

The News of the World reported at the weekend in amongst it’s British GP preview that DC isto become a father after the end of the season.

I’ve not heard this or read it anywhere else, so I’m not 100% certain that it’s correct!  There are quotes from the man himself saying how pleased he is,but that this was not the reason behind his retirement.

As Max Mosley would protest, the News of the World is perhaps not the most reliable of sources, and it’s unusual that it’s sister paper, The Sun hasn’t mentioned the story ths week - to my knowledge anyway.

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