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Coulthard secures Red Bull seat 17 Dec 2004

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 8 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton

David Coulthard will race for Red Bull in 2005, the team have confirmed. The move means the Scot will start his 12th successive season in Formula One racing at the Australian Grand Prix.

Coulthard, whose McLaren contract expires at the end of this year, tested with the Austrian-owned team in Spain recently, easily outpacing Red Bull hopefuls Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

According to Austrian news agency APA, Coulthard has signed a one-year deal with the team. An announcement regarding the identity of his team mate is expected to be made sometime early in the New Year.

Coulthard made his Formula One debut with Williams in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna. He moved to McLaren in 1996, where he remained until being replaced by Juan Pablo Montoya for 2005. He has won 13 grands prix – more than any other current driver bar Michael Schumacher.