Klien to Race for Red Bull in Australia

The Red Bull Racing team today confirmed that Austrian Christian Klien will partner David Coulthard at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Klien to Race for Red Bull in Australia

The Red Bull Racing team today confirmed that Austrian Christian Klien will partner David Coulthard at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old Austrian, who made his Grand Prix debut with Jaguar last season, beat Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi to the seat. The F3000 champion, however, will remain at Red Bull as third driver and could race in the future.

"We are very fortunate to have two exceptionally talented young drivers, who have both impressed the team during pre-season testing," said team boss 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.

"Christian will undoubtedly benefit from David Coulthard's considerable experience and will hope to build on last year's performances."

The decision was taken following the conclusion of the team's intensive testing programme at Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona.

"I'm very proud to have the privilege of starting the first race in Melbourne for Red Bull Racing," said Klien. "I'm honored that the decision has been made in my favour - it's got me even more motivated."

Red Bull didn't say who will race in the remaining races, and revealed the decision will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

"I extend my congratulations to Christian, but I'll obviously be trying to get an opportunity to race myself as soon as possible," added Liuzzi. "It's great to be with Red Bull Racing - team spirit is excellent.

"Both Christian and I are benefiting enormously from being able to work with David Coulthard."

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