Sebastian Vettel has committed his long term future to Red Bull Racing, after extending his deal with the team until 2012.
The German, who joined the team at the start of this season on a two-year deal, has impressed after taking two wins and is battling with his teammate Mark Webber and Jenson Button for the world championship.
Vettel's form, and the promise shown by Red Bull, has convinced the two parties to extend their deal further -- with his new contract running until 2011. There is also an option on him for 2012.
The Vettel announcement comes a few weeks after Red Bull Racing also extended Webber's deal until the end of next year.
Vettel, who has been supported by Red Bull's young drivers programme since the age of 12, is the youngest winner in F1 history, having taken a shock triumph for Scuderia Toro Rosso in last year's rain-hit Italian Grand Prix. He entered F1 as a test driver for BMW Sauber and competed in one race for the team, as a stand-in for Robert Kubica at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.
A deal was then agreed to move him across to Scuderia Toro Rosso from that year's Hungarian Grand Prix, and he stayed with the Faenza-based outfit until the end of last season.