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BEYOND THE GRID: Christian Klien on being Red Bull’s first F1 prodigy

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It’s easy to forget Red Bull Racing’s humble beginnings back in 2005 now that they are multiple world champions, a dominant force and currently heading the constructors’ championship. On this week’s Beyond The Grid – brought to you by GetYourGuide – we hear from Christian Klien, the team’s first graduate from their junior programme.

Red Bull Racing have produced multiple F1 stars like Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly. But the first to graduate and race for the team was Klien.

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His time in the sport was shorter than hoped and he was reduced to test driver roles after just three years on the grid. But, in faster cars, his talent may have been far more obvious.

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Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Klien reflects on his F1 venture and explains why his journey didn’t last longer. He also looks back on how he knew it was time to leave the sport back in 2010.

Klien also talks about his former team mates Mark Webber and David Coulthard, why Red Bull was renowned for being a party team, his thoughts on the 2023 season, and much more.

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To hear Klien's Beyond The Grid interview, hit go in the player above, or head here to catch it on your preferred platform.

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