Coulthard to serve as Red Bull reserve 25 Mar 2009
David Coulthard will be the man to step into the breach this weekend, should any of Red Bulls four drivers be unable to compete in the Australian Grand Prix. Coulthard, who officially retired at the end of last season, will serve as reserve driver for both Red Bull Racing and sister team Toro Rosso.
The 37-year-old Scot, who remains a consultant to Red Bull, is already in Melbourne in his new role as a Formula One pundit for British television broadcasters, the BBC. If he were to start Sundays race, it would mark his 248th Grand Prix presence.
Coulthard is also likely to act as reserve for round two in Malaysia, after which Red Bull are expected to officially announce a full-time appointee, with 19-year-old New Zealander Brendon Hartley thought to be in line for the job once he has secured the required super license.