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Coulthard surprised by Red Bull qualifying form 06 Oct 2007

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007 David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Friday, 5 October 2007

Red Bull’s David Coulthard is set to end his season on a high, after scoring his best grid slot of the year in Shanghai on Saturday. Coulthard will start the Chinese Grand Prix, the penultimate race of 2007, from P5, just behind the warring Ferraris and McLarens.

Coulthard, who had clocked the sixth-fastest time during morning practice, has looked strong all weekend. Quick in Q1 and Q2, he made it easily through to the final shootout in which he set a time of 1m 37.619s - four tenths quicker than sixth-placed Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher.

“Fifth is a great position to start from tomorrow, it’s a while since I’ve been in the top ten,” said the Scot. “I’m a little bit surprised to be honest, I drove in exactly the same way as I have in the previous few qualifying sessions, but for some reason there are more cars behind me here! I’m not complaining, the car obviously suits this track.”

Coulthard’s grid slot is the highest a Red Bull car has scored all season. It is also the first time he has edged out team mate Mark Webber in qualifying since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

“I’m happy - I’m happy for my guys who work directly on my car and for the team as a whole,” Coulthard added. “Their work’s been overshadowed a little with some of the reliability problems we’ve had this year, so I’m pleased for them. Starting in the points is obviously better than having to fight our way there from further back, as we did last week.”

With Webber starting Sunday’s race from seventh, Red Bull look well placed to reduce Williams’ five-point advantage in the constructors’ championship. Williams, currently fourth in the table to Red Bull’s fifth, saw drivers Nico Rosberg and Alexander Wurz qualify in 16th and 19th respectively.