Klien weighs up Champ Car, DTM

Fri, 11 August 2006, 03:15

Axed Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien has been given two weeks to accept the energy drink company’s offer of a drive in another race category.

According to reports in the Austrian ‘Salzburger Nachrichten’ newspaper, the 23-year-old can choose between America’s open-wheeler Champ Car series, or the premier touring car category in Germany, DTM.

”He has at the most fourteen days to consider our offer,” Red Bull’s motor sport consultant Helmut Marko said.

”A return to formula one is open to him, but only is he makes it in Champ Car.”

Marko justified Red Bull’s decision to dump the Austrian youngster by explaining that he simply ‘did not develop’ sufficiently after his first season or two on the grand prix grid.

Klien will be replaced at the end of the year by Australia’s Mark Webber.

”He did not beat David Coulthard,” said Helmut Marko, who contested ten grands prix in the early seventies. ”Not in practice runs or in races.”
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