David Coulthard was Red Bull's third choice for the role of reserve driver this weekend, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca.

David Coulthard was Red Bull's third choice for the role of reserve driver this weekend, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca.

Second in the queue was the New Zealand teenager Brendon Hartley, who so far has been unable to obtain a mandatory FIA superlicense, Marca claims.

The first preference was reportedly Jaime Alguersuari, a 19-year-old Spaniard, who turned down the role when offered by the energy drink company in February.

Marca claims that reigning British F3 champion Alguersuari's management said no because of the lack of F1 testing an official test driver role affords.

He will instead contest the World Series by Renault championship in 2009.

A spokeswoman confirmed at Albert Park that veteran Coulthard has been designated reserve driver status for both Red Bull-owned F1 teams this weekend and in a week's time in Malaysia.

Beyond that, the situation will be revisited.

 

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