Coulthard confirmed at Red Bull

Red Bull Racing has confirmed that David Coulthard has agreed a one-year contract to join the team, as autosport.com revealed this morning. The deal, which was signed in Austria on Friday, came just a week after the Scotsman tested for the outfit. The identity of his team-mate will not be finalised until January

Coulthard confirmed at Red Bull

Talking about his deal, Coulthard said: "After speaking to team owner Dietrich Mateschitz I was impressed by Red Bull Racing's plans for the future. This is definitely an exciting new team."

Sources close to Red Bull Racing have indicated that the Scotsman has agreed to take a performance-related contract as an act of faith in the team.

It is understood he will be paid a standard wage, believed to be in excess of £2 million, with him then perhaps earning up to £100,000 per point scored during the 2005 campaign. As a comparison, Mark Webber scored seven points this season - which Coulthard will clearly be hoping to exceed next year.

The one-year contract leaves Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz the option of drafting in a pair of young drivers in 2006 if he feels that is the best way forward for the team.

RBR is believed to be edging towards signing Christian Klien as a race driver, with Vitantonio Liuzzi being handed a test deal with a view to making the jump to a race seat if Klien does not perform. A final decision is not expected to be made until January.

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