Red Bull Goes With Klien
May 23, 2005 | 1:59 P.M. EST
Red Bull's other potential second driver, Christian Klien, who piloted the second car for the team in the season's first three races, will resume second driver duties following the European Grand Prix. He will hold that position for the rest of the year. Liuzzi will be the third driver for the team.
Both drivers came into the season knowing that each would receive a three-race test before a second driver would be named.
Klien scored three points with his turn, posting seventh and eighth place finishes in his first two races. He came to the team with experience driving for Jaguar.
Liuzzi posted a DNF this weekend in Monaco and only scored one point in Imola after he finished 10th but was bumped into eighth when BAR was excluded and Ralf Schumacher received a time penalty. He is a rookie for the team, but was previously part of the Red Bull Junior Team and entered Formula One as the reigning FIA F3000 champion.
Red Bull Racing gave both of these drivers opportunities in order to build its team. And in the process they helped bring about a change to the FIA third driver rules. Now a third driver can have past Grand Prix experience.
This rule change also benefitted Toyota, which has hired back retired driver Olivier Panis to assume third car driver responsibilities for the French Grand Prix.