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Doornbos in for Klien at Red Bull 11 Sep 2006

Robert Doornbos (NDL) Red Bull Racing Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, 17 March 2006 Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, 4 August 2006 Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, 7 September 2006 (L to R): Robert Doornbos (NDL) Red Bull Racing Third Driver and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Sporting Director celebrates the first podium for Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 28 May 2006 Robert Doornbos (NDL) Red Bull Racing RB2 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, 4 August 2006

Red Bull third driver Robert Doornbos will race in the last three rounds of the 2006 season after the team released Christian Klien from his contract. The move will allow Klien to pursue other Formula One options in light of his replacement by Mark Webber for 2007.

Doornbos is a veteran of eight Grand Prix starts, the last for Minardi in China last year. Shanghai will now be the venue for his race return, after which the Dutchman will also compete alongside David Coulthard in Japan and Brazil.

“It’s fantastic to know that I’m going to be racing again, I’m really looking forward to it,” said Doornbos of the news. “Friday testing and helping the team this year has been great experience, but to get back out on to the race track on Sunday is what it’s all about. I’ve got to know the guys at Red Bull Racing really well this season, so I’ll be working with them all closely to do the best job I can for the team and myself.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner commented: “Further to Christian’s recent decision, we have released him to focus on the next stage of his career. Having done a solid job for us in the third car this season and having previously completed in eight Grands Prix, Robert is the logical replacement. He will start preparing for his Red Bull Racing debut at the team’s test in Jerez this week.”

There has been no word on whether Red Bull will run a third car at the final three races in light of Doornbos’s promotion.