Coulthard aiming to surprise rivals

David Coulthard thinks that Red Bull Racing will be competitive next season and is aiming to surprise the team's rivals. Coulthard, who recently signed a one-year deal to drive for Red Bull after racing for McLaren for nine years, is not expecting...

David Coulthard thinks that Red Bull Racing will be competitive next season and is aiming to surprise the team's rivals. Coulthard, who recently signed a one-year deal to drive for Red Bull after racing for McLaren for nine years, is not expecting miracles from his new team but is quietly confident.

"We've got a lot of testing to do before the first Grand Prix in Australia in March but know we can get the work done," said the Scot. "I'm not going to make any silly predictions, except that we will be more competitive than many people think. I'm confident we'll surprise more than a few people on the grid."

Coulthard's future seemed uncertain for a while but he had been in talks with Jaguar before Ford announced that the team was to be sold. Some think it's a little odd that he only has a one-year contract with Red Bull but he claims that was what he wanted, so he can see how things develop and leave his options open for 2006.

For now, Coulthard is focused on next season. "What is important to me at this moment is that now I know I'm going to be racing with a competitive Formula One team in 2005," he said. "Everything I've seen has been very, very positive, and with the developments I know the team has planned, things are looking good for 2005."

Red Bull is not expected to make an announcement on Coulthard's teammate until the New Year. The team will launch its 2005 challenger, the RB1, at Jerez, Spain, on February 7th. The car is a development of the Jaguar R5 which competed this season.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard
Teams Red Bull Racing , McLaren