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Red Bull sign up Klien and Liuzzi 05 Jan 2005

Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) makes his first test in the Sauber C23. Formula One Testing , 14-16 September 2004, Jerez, Spain. World © Moy/Sutton Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) has a seat fitting before his first test with Sauber. Formula One Testing , 14-16 September 2004, Jerez, Spain. World © Moy/Sutton

Christian Klien or Vitantonio Liuzzi could be David Coulthard’s Red Bull team mate for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, following news that both men have agreed identical contracts.

According to Red Bull Racing, Klien, who competed for Jaguar in 2004, and Liuzzi, the reigning Formula 3000 champion, will both race and test for the team during the coming season.

The two young hopefuls have each signed one-year contracts, both with renewal options. The team will decide which of them races in Melbourne once they have completed further pre-season test sessions, the first of which will take place in Barcelona from February 18.

Red Bull, who will launch their new car at Jerez on February 7, need a Friday test driver for Grand Prix meetings, as well as someone to partner Coulthard. Klien is not eligible for the third driver role, the Austrian having competed in too many races in 2004.