Recently-retired grand prix veteran David Coulthard will return to action at Albert Park this weekend, should any of the four Red Bull race drivers fall foul of fate.

Recently-retired grand prix veteran David Coulthard will return to action at Albert Park this weekend, should any of the four Red Bull race drivers fall foul of fate.

Because the energy drink company's preferred 2009 reserve driver Brendon Hartley has not obtained a mandatory superlicense in time, 37-year-old Coulthard - already in town as a TV pundit and team advisor - has been given the nod.

It is believed the Scot's role is only temporary, with Red Bull - owner of both Red Bull racing and Toro Rosso - still intending to push for 19-year-old Hartley to be granted the FIA credential.

Coulthard, however, who contested nearly 250 grands prix between 1994 and 2008, will nonetheless attend every round of the 2009 world championship.