Red Bull signs a new contract until end of 2010 with Webber
Webber extends Red Bull deal
Aussie given wings until the end of 2010
Hot on the heels of his first grand prix victory, Mark Webber has signed a new contract with Red Bull Racing.
The Australian, who won the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring the weekend before last, will stay put until the end of the 2010 season.
Webber’s new deal comes as Red Bull have established themselves as championship contenders, the 32-year-old also rising to the challenge in what is his eighth season in F1.
“I’m extremely happy Red Bull and I have been able to agree to race together again next year,” said Webber.
Webber, who joined the team in 2007, also expressed the hope that he could fully exploit their improved competitiveness.
He added: “Even in the leaner and tougher years at the start of my relationship with the team, I’ve always enjoyed working with them.
“So now to go through this purple patch, which we hope will continue for a good while to come, makes the work even more enjoyable.
“We’ve a very exciting finish to this year’s championship, but I’m also looking forward to helping to develop and race the car in the 2010 world championship.”
Team boss Christian Horner said the decision was an easy one given Webber’s current form.
Along with his victory at the Nurburgring, he has finished as runner-up on three occasions this year, and third once.
He therefore lies just one and a half points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ standings, and 22.5 off championship leader Jenson Button.
“I’m delighted we have re-signed Mark for 2010,” said Horner.