Red Bull Racing on Friday confirmed that Austrian driver Christien Klien would race alongside David Coulthard at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull Racing on Friday confirmed that Austrian driver Christien Klien would race alongside David Coulthard at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The decision was taken after the team’s test programme in Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona, and will be regularly reviewed. The Austrian and current F3000 champion Vitantonio Liuzzi were vying for the remaining Red Bull seat and Liuzzi will fill the role of third driver in the squad. Klien completed his debut season with Jaguar in 2004.

After the announcement, the Austrian driver said: ““I’m very proud to have the privilege of starting the first race in Melbourne for Red Bull Racing. I’m honoured that the decision has been made in my favour – it’s got me even more motivated.”

Red Bull’s sporting director, Christian Horner, said having the more experienced David Coulthard on the team would greatly benefit the younger drivers.

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

“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.”

Original article from Car