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FIA amend third driver rule 14 Apr 2005

Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 31 March 2005

Red Bull will be allowed to field Christian Klien as a third driver in Imola after the FIA agreed to change the sporting regulations.

Previously, any driver having competed in more than six Grands Prix in the last two seasons was not eligible. From the San Marino race this will no longer be the case.

Red Bull had sought the backing of their fellow teams in pursuing a change to the rule after their decision to promote Vitantonio Liuzzi to a race drive for the next three rounds of the season left them without a third driver.

"I am delighted that all of the teams supported our request,” said Red Bull sporting director Christian Horner. “It would have been hugely frustrating for Christian (Klien) to be unable to drive a third car in Imola due to the fact that, at 22 years of age, he has driven more then six Grands Prix."

"Great news!” added Klien. “Of course, as a race driver it is difficult to sit on the sideline while your team-mates are driving, so it is very good that I can continue to drive and also help the team at the races."

The full statement released by the FIA on Thursday read as follows: “Following a unanimous request from the teams and further to a fax vote of the remaining Formula One Commission members, together with a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council, the requirement under Article 58b of the 2005 Formula One Sporting Regulations that the third (Friday) driver should not have competed in more than six World Championship Events during the previous two World Championships has been deleted.

“As a result, any driver with a Formula One Super Licence may now run as a third driver on Friday.”