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Steiner appointed Red Bull technical director 13 Jan 2005

Gunther Steiner (ITA) Jaguar Technical Director. German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, 28 July 2002. World © Sutton

Presentation of new car postponed until Melbourne

Red Bull have completed their new management line-up with Gunther Steiner confirmed as the team's technical director. Steiner, 39, from Italy's South Tyrol region joins the team from Opel.

Steiner’s connection with the team goes back to 2002 when he spent a season with Jaguar Racing under then team principal Niki Lauda.

The news follows last week’s announcement that Britain's Christian Horner, 31, has accepted the post of sporting director of Red Bull Racing. The pair replaces the previous line-up of Tony Purnell and David Pitchforth.

The first joint decision by the young management duo involves the official presentation of the team’s 2005 car. Due to the major changes that have taken place at the team over the last few months, they have opted to postpone its launch, due to take place in Jerez on February 7. Red Bull Racing will now hold their official car launch at the start of the season in Melbourne in March.

"We're in a phase of restructuring and want to take advantage of every available day to prepare for our first year,” said Horner. “We are concentrating all our efforts on creating the conditions we need for our young team to get off to an optimal start this season.”

David Coulthard will lead Red Bull's driver line-up in their first Formula One season. Austrian Christian Klien and Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi are expected to share the second race seat.