The decision has been taken following the conclusion of the team’s intensive testing program at Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona and will be reviewed on an on-going basis.
Sporting Director Christian Horner: “We are very fortunate to have two exceptionally talented young drivers, who have both impressed the team during pre-season testing. 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."
Christian Klien: “I’m very proud to have the privilege of starting the first race in Melbourne for Red Bull Racing. I’m honored that the decision has been made in my favor – it’s got me even more motivated."
Tonio Liuzzi: “I extend my congratulations to Christian, but I’ll obviously be trying to get an opportunity to race myself as soon as possible. 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." Red Bull Racing
02/17/05 (GMMF1.NET) Red Bull has decided, we can reveal, that Christian Klien will line up as David Coulthard's F1 teammate at the upcoming Australian grand prix. Although it won't be announced until the weekend, a source said that Austria's 22-year-old had been a 'logical' choice. He added that the situation will be reviewed in mid-April, where 'third' driver Vitantonio Liuzzi could be given a racing shot at the RB1's wheel.
Had Christian not been selected to race, the 2004 Jaguar racer could not have – under a FIA regulation – slotted into the supporting role. Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told an Austrian newspaper: ''Christian can (now) demonstrate what he learned (in 2004). We were very satisfied with his performance in winter testing.''