by Russell Atkins

David Coulthard believes Red Bull Racing will be in far better shape to launch a sustained challenge in 2008, following the news he has re-signed for the team on a one-year deal in a move that will guarantee the squad the vital continuity it lacked going into the present campaign.

The announcement means the Scot will once again link up with Australian Mark Webber, and with the same engines in Renault and same design team led by former McLaren and Williams guru Adrian Newey, Red Bull will in all likelihood enter next season significantly stronger than it has done at any other time in its three-year history in the top flight.

"It's good to have the knowledge of what the future is," Coulthard told Crash.net at Silverstone. "That means we can continue the work with the team. It's not a big surprise to me because of the conversations that go on behind the scenes, but it's good to have it out in the public domain now and we can work from here.

"Obviously it doesn't make it any easier to find the performance right now, but we'll do what we can and hopefully see some good results come out of it."

Indeed, the 36-year-old languished down the order in an oversteer-plagued 14th place at the end of Friday's opening two practice sessions held in windy conditions ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix. That followed on from a disappointing outing in France a week ago when neither RB3 made it into the final qualifying shoot-out for the first time all year. Coulthard is adamant the only way is up.

"[2008] can only be better next year because we'll have that year's experience of everyone working together," he insisted. "It's still a young team, and if you look at the teams that are enjoying success right now they're the ones that have been together for a few years."

 

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