Red Bull Racing was the surprise of the Australian Grand Prix, where veteran David Coulthard narrowly missed out on a podium to finish fourth and youngster Christian Klien came home seventh. It was a much improved result from the team's days as ...
Red Bull Racing was the surprise of the Australian Grand Prix, where veteran David Coulthard narrowly missed out on a podium to finish fourth and youngster Christian Klien came home seventh. It was a much improved result from the team's days as Jaguar and Coulthard is certain there will be more points finishes to come.
"If you look at our pace we were quicker than Williams, and McLaren had some problems," said the Scot. "Power-wise we may not be the best, but we won't be embarrassing ourselves in terms of horsepower. This won't be the last time the team score points this year."
Coulthard was taken on as Red Bull wanted an experienced driver and that decision has paid off, for both him and the team. David's points-related financial bonuses started off on the right foot in Melbourne and Red Bull is currently placed ahead of Williams and McLaren in the standings.
"I think my experience has shown within the team," said Coulthard. "Christian Klien did a great job all weekend but had it been him and Vitantonio Liuzzi alone, I think the results would not have been so good. Not because they are lesser talents but because they do not have the experience."
Coulthard has won 13 races in his F1 career and while he doesn't expect a victory with Red Bull, his motivation is as strong as ever. "The days of going for victories are probably not there any more for me but that doesn't mean I've lost the desire to win Grands Prix and do a good job," he remarked.
Red Bull sporting director Christian Horner thinks that podiums may be possible after the performance in Melbourne. "Your target shifts and I think that target now has to be a podium," he said. "It gives us a real solid platform from which to move forward. We've achieved our initial target of credibility and it's now building from that."
Klien, who raced for the team as Jaguar last year, was equally pleased to earn a points finish in the first race. "It has been a truly amazing start to the season for Red Bull," he commented. "Our hard and dedicated work has paid off, which makes us all super happy."