Gerhard Berger says he is expecting Red Bull to enjoy a memorable year in formula one.

Gerhard Berger says he is expecting Red Bull to enjoy a memorable year in formula one.

The Austrian former grand prix winner, also a close friend of the energy drink company's Dietrich Mateschitz, was trackside with his countryman at the recent Jerez test.

"I'm going to stick my neck out a little bit and say Red Bull Racing is my quiet tip for third in the constructors' championship," Berger is quoted as saying by Speedweek.

The 49-year-old, who after the 2008 season sold his half share in the junior squad Toro Rosso back to Mateschitz, said the new RB5 "impresses me", as do the drivers.

With Sebastian Vettel, Berger mounted the Monza podium last year as a winning constructor. The young German's teammate in 2009 is the Red Bull regular Mark Webber.

Berger continued: "I am enthusiastic about the RB5, my compliments to Adrian Newey. With the new rules he has really been able to show his abilities.

"In 2008 Red Bull was already getting its stability well under control. Additionally they have top drivers. These facts in combination with a motivated team point to a good season.

"But it is important to remember that the others (teams) are not asleep," said Berger.

 

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