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APRIL 26, 2006

Liuzzi back in a Red Bull this week

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Tonio Liuzzi will be back in a Red Bull-Ferrari this week in the testing at Silverstone and that must be sending worrying messages to regular driver Christian Klien. The Austrian has had a poor season to date while Liuzzi has been looking very promising in his outings with the Toro Rosso and there are clearly some within Red Bull Racing who see Liuzzi as a much better for the team than Klien. Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz made it clear recently that the team's second driver should at least be matching veteran David Coulthard on a regular basis.

The big question is whether a change will be made during the season or at the end of the year or if Klien can come through this period and re-establish himself as a star of the future. There are some in Austria who believe that expectations are too high for the young Klien but it must be remembered that this is his third season in F1 while Liuzzi is having his first full year.