Klien denies knowledge of Red Bull demise

Thu, 22 June 2006, 11:02

Christian Klien has denied any knowledge of his supposed looming exit as a Red Bull race driver.

The team’s influential ‘advisor’ Helmut Marko revealed this week that, with at least one current pilot to get the chop at the end of 2006, the ‘pendulum is swinging’ in the direction of Klien’s veteran teammate David Coulthard.

”I don’t know about that interview,” Klien, the 23-year-old Austrian, told motorline.cc.

”Within the team I have not heard any official statements or been personally told anything.”

Klien also denied knowledge of team owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s claim that whichever driver has the least amount of points at the end of the season will go.

Perhaps significantly, however, Klien has been at great pains recently to highlight that poor car reliability has thwarted his race for results.

And he rejected Marko’s assessment that, even in qualifying, Coulthard has performed more impressively.

Klien said: ”In qualifying I have been afflicted quite often with various breakdowns. And so far there have been three races in which both David and I finished; and twice I beat David.” gmmf1dailyf1news.com

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