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Motor Racing: Coul Bull's Aye.

Byline: By Frank Haynes

DAVID COULTHARD will stay with Red Bull Racing after clinching an extension to his deal.

He signed up for the new team on a one-year contract this season and a series of impressive performances, which have earned him 17 points, have secured an additional 12 months.

Yesterday's announcement ended speculation Coulthard, who was previously with Williams and McLaren, could be set to move to BAR-Honda.

The Scot was impressed with Red Bull's preparations for next season, when they will benefit from Ferrari engines. He said: 'It has been a very positive new experience working with Red Bull Racing. The potential of the team is obvious and it made perfect sense to continue our partnership.

'Since I started with the team last December, the progress made has been remarkable.

'I'm looking forward to contributing to the development of the 2006 car and enjoying continued success with Red Bull Racing.'

Coulthard has been partnered by Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi as part of Red Bull's driver rotation policy.

Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz suggested earlier in the campaign that Coulthard would be eased aside to make way for a Liuzzi-Klien partnership but yesterday's news confirmed a change of heart.

Christian Horner, Red Bull's sporting director, said: 'David has demonstrated he is still one of the top drivers in Formula One.

'It was a very easy and natural decision to extend our agreement and retain him as our lead driver

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 6, 2005
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