Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz has revealed that he would considering loaning out one of his team's drivers to Sauber this season, if the Swiss team decide that they do not feel it is worth continuing with former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve
Red Bull have found themselves faced with the difficult situation of trying to be fair to both their contracted drivers Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi this year, meaning that the two men are currently set to share the team's second seat alongside David Coulthard for the rest of the campaign.
But with Villeneuve at the centre of speculation about his future after a disappointing start to the season, Mateschitz has revealed that he is thinking about another option to please both of his drivers. This could mean one of them being given the second seat for the rest of the campaign and the other being loaned out to Sauber.
In an exclusive interview with Swiss motorsport publication Motorsport Aktuell, Mateschitz confirmed that there was a chance for a deal with Sauber to come off - even though he was quick to point out that no discussions have taken place yet.
"We have quite a density of talent available," said Mateschitz about Red Bull's current driver line-up. "Now it is up to us to hone that talent or to lend it to other teams. And this we will do.
"We never see it in a fashion if the one is driving now and the other is not. We want to give both of them enough experience that they are fully serviceable drivers next year, knowing every race track so far unknown to them."
When asked whether it was really possible to imagine Liuzzi or Klien racing for Sauber soon, Mateschitz said: "Of course. Liuzzi is a splendid driver. But I could not say if Klien or him is the better one. From the mentality it might be Klien. But that is not my problem.
"Then again, I do not wish to start ideas which might prove irrelevant. It could well be that suddenly Villeneuve finds back to his old form. And for sure it is not easy to knock on the door of another team and to ask for a drive. We wait and see. But the possibility exists. I would definitely consider it."
Mateschitz knows that a decision about the future of Klien and Liuzzi needs to be made imminently, with the team likely to want to make a change for the San Marino Grand Prix - even though Klien has scored in both of the races held so far this year.
"We have told Klien that he will race for the first three events, so it is only fair to give Liuzzi the same chance," explained Mateschitz. "But we have not decided yet when this will start. It could be Imola."
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