Red Bull Racing confirmed on February 18th that Christian Klein will race alongside David Coulthard for the season opener in Melbourne. The team has been assessing Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi in testing and made the decision after this week's work...
Red Bull Racing confirmed on February 18th that Christian Klein will race alongside David Coulthard for the season opener in Melbourne. The team has been assessing Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi in testing and made the decision after this week's work at Barcelona. Klien raced for Jaguar last season and scored his first points at Spa with a sixth place finish.
"I'm very proud to have the privilege of starting for Red Bull racing at their first race in Melbourne," said Klien. "I'm all the more honored that the decision has been made in my favor -- it's got me even more motivated."
Liuzzi, who was F3000 champion in 2004, will take on the third driver role in the Friday practice sessions for Melbourne. The Italian has yet to compete in Formula One but is eagerly awaiting his chance.
"I extend my congratulations to Christian, but I'll obviously be trying to get an opportunity to race myself as soon as possible," Liuzzi commented. "It's great to be with Red Bull Racing, team spirit is excellent, and both Christian and I are benefiting enormously from being able to work with David Coulthard."
Klien and Liuzzi both signed for Red Bull in January and although Christian will be on the grid first, the team will probably want to see what Vitantonio can do in competition. A statement said the situation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
"Fortunately we are in the position of having in the team two exceptionally talented young drivers, who have both impressed the team during pre season testing," said Red Bull sporting director Christian Horner.
"I've been extremely pleased with Christian's and Tonio's development during the past few weeks, as well as by their professionalism and sportsmanship."
One problem the team faces if it decides to give Liuzzi a shot at racing is that Klien cannot take part in Friday practices in the extra car. The third driver must not have competed in more than six races and Klien put in a full season with Jaguar last year.