David Coulthard has been allowed to keep his role as a consultant with Red Bull How will David Coulthard remain impartial if he's on Red Bull's books? Racing, despite his recent promotion to the role of full-time commentator alongside Martin Brundle at the BBC.

The 39-year-old Scot called the Austrian stable home for the final years of his F1 career, retiring from driving at the end of the 2008 season and moving into a punditry role with the British network.

But his ongoing role with the F1 team has raised suggestions that his contract with Red Bull Racing could create a conflict of interest. Possible examples could include an avoidance of criticising the outfit for mistakes or poor performance, or not disclosing any particular inside knowledge he may have garnered from the squad (in a journalist capacity) while ‘on air’.

“David Coulthard will not be asked to drop or suspend his ties with Red Bull in the interests of impartiality,” a spokeswoman from the BBC said.

“We take steps to ensure that none of the off-air relationships that our talent may have can compromise on-air activity,” she added.

But wouldn’t that be the precise reason why you would insist on him dissolving his role with Red Bull Racing?

Red Bull Racing and Coulthard have (thus far) declined to comment.

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