David Coulthard is still looking for a race seat for 2005 and it seems that Red Bull Racing may yet be interested in the Scot. Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz initially said that the former McLaren man was not under consideration by the team, but more recently he has been speaking favourably about Coulthard.
"I personally believe that he's one of the brightest characters in Formula One," said Mateschitz, according to Autosport. "He has had some quite difficult times in the past with his team. What our team needs now is also experience, because it's difficult for us to have two rookies only."
"If we look at the drivers who are totally available DC is on the very, very top because there are only two drivers who have proved to be both fast and experienced: those two are Nick Heidfeld and David Coulthard."
"When you talk about the second cockpit at Red Bull, experience and the ability to develop a car further, then DC is on the top of this list. I am sure that the team will talk to him and I personally believe that he's not only a good-looking driver but also a great racer."
While Mateschitz makes it sound like good news for Coulthard, so far only Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi have been in the Red Bull cockpits since the energy drink manufacturer bought Jaguar. The pair were at Barcelona last week and are on track at Jerez this week.
Klien has the advantage of already serving a year as race driver for the team and is widely presumed to be filling one of the seats in 2005. Liuzzi's inexperience is causing some doubt, although he's shown reasonably well in testing.
Heidfeld is the other question mark. The German is trying out for Williams this week and Mateschitz's choice may depend on the outcome. Heidfeld has a chance for the Williams race seat, although Antonio Pizzonia is still the favourite, but a test driver role is more likely to be on offer.