David Coulthard has admitted that he is keen to prove himself in testing with the Red Bull Racing team this week, aware that it could possibly be his last chance of salvaging a Formula One drive for 2005.

As predicted first on Crash.net last week, the Scot received a call-up from the re-branded team over the weekend, despite boss Dietrich Mateschitz having earlier claimed that DC had no part to play in its plans for next season. Having primarily tested youngsters Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi - with the equally inexperienced Bjorn Wirdheim and Neel Jani also getting brief runs - it would now appear that the team has realised that more seasoned input may be required to move it up the grid, although Coulthard, to this point, has been offered nothing more than the chance to test the hybrid 2004 car.

Despite that, the former McLaren man is already looking forward to joining the Red Bull team at Jerez.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the team here this week, and am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an F1 car," he said in an official statement, "I have spoken to Dietrich Mateschitz, the new team owner, and it has been good to hear the plans for Red Bull Racing's future - it is certainly an exciting
new team."

Coulthard openly admits that he is also monitoring the situation at Williams, where Anthony Davidson has seemingly been forced out of the running to partner Mark Webber, but looks likely to line up behind both Antonio Pizzonia and Nick Heidfeld in the queue for the second seat. FIA F3000 champion Liuzzi has also been tipped as an outsider for the second FW27 after impressing in his RBR outings.

Keen not to stir up too much hype about a possible relationship in 2005, the Red Bull team has told the media that there will be no further statement from either itself or Coulthard regarding this week's test or future plans.

 

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