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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 11:33 GMT
Coulthard gets support from Lauda
David Coulthard
Coulthard has won 13 F1 races
British driver David Coulthard would be a major asset for new Formula One outfit the Red Bull Racing team, says former world champion Niki Lauda.

Dietrich Mateschitz's drinks company completed a buyout of Jaguar on Monday and are set to retain Christian Klien.

Several drivers are in contention for the second seat but Lauda said: "They must sign up the right people so the car is successful quickly.

"Coulthard's free and would be a good solution because of his experience."

Mateschitz has a reputation for encouraging young drivers, such as 21-year-old Klien and reigning Formula 3000 champion, Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi.

But Lauda said: "It is not crucial whether a driver like Christian Klien sits in the cockpit.

"Mateschitz should give tests to youngsters but pick the fastest."

Coulthard, 33, has lost his drive at McLaren to Juan Pablo Montoya but is confident his experience - he has won 13 F1 races - will attract suitors.

Team principal Tony Purnell said: "I'm sure we will put him on the consideration list, but I don't want to go into driver speculation.

"No decisions have been made but over the coming weeks we will be testing a few drivers."




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