Monza deadline looms for Klien

Thu, 7 September 2006, 03:55

Red Bull motor sport ‘advisor’ Helmut Marko has rejected speculation that Monza may be Christian Klien’s final grand prix in formula one.

Press reports claim that if the 23-year-old Austrian turns down the energy drink outfit’s offer of a ride in 2007 in Champ Car or the DTM category, Klien may be replaced immediately by third driver Robert Doornbos.

But Marko told ‘Salzburger Nachrichten’: ”His contract expires five days after the final grand prix of the season.”

He warned Klien that he has until Saturday to either accept or definitively reject the ‘PKV’ seat in Champ Cars.

And 63-year-old Marko, admitting that Neel Jani would land the drive if Klien does not, revealed: ”(Christian) has already rejected the DTM option. Champ Cars is open to him until Saturday.”


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