Red Bull Racing has confirmed that it has signed both Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi for 2005 but has not yet decided which will take the race seat. The two youngsters have been testing for Red Bull this winter but will have to wait a...
Red Bull Racing has confirmed that it has signed both Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi for 2005 but has not yet decided which will take the race seat. The two youngsters have been testing for Red Bull this winter but will have to wait a little longer to find out which one of them will be racing alongside David Coulthard.
"The two rising stars from the Red Bull Junior Team have signed one-year contracts, with an option in both cases for renewal," said a statement from Red Bull. "After the tests in January and February, the team management will decide which of the two will join David Coulthard in Melbourne for the first grand-prix race of the new season on March 6."
Klien, who turns 22 at the beginning of February, raced for the team when it was Jaguar in 2004 and scored a sixth place finish in Spa in his rookie season, while Liuzzi, 23, was F3000 champion last year. Red Bull seems keen on the idea of swapping the race seat between the two in 2005 but only time will tell if that is the case.
Klien would not be able to take part in the Friday test sessions on race weekends as third drivers for those sessions must not have competed in more than six races in the last two seasons. The rule can be changed if all the teams agree to it.
"I am happy to announce that I have signed a contract as pilot and test driver for Red Bull Racing this week," said Klien. "The contract is for 2005 with an option for further seasons. It makes me proud to be part of Red Bull Racing's first Formula One team."
Red Bull has said that Klein and Liuzzi are the only two drivers they are interested in for the second seat. The team announced in December that it had signed Coulthard on a one year contract. Red Bull will be back on the test track at Barcelona from February 18th so Klien and Liuzzi will only have a short time to convince of their suitability for the race seat.