Christian Horner loves Mark Webber

Mark Webber

Mark Webber will drive for Red Bull Racing in 2010. Not only does Webber have a contract that says so, he also has his team boss singing his praises and confirming his position with the team is secure.

Speaking after Webber’s dominant win at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing boss Christan Horner scoffed at rumours that Kimi Raikkonen would be stealing the Australian’s drive, “That’s a rumour that does not exist within our team.

“We all know where we stand with Mark next year, and he does too.

“He’s a great team player, we’re very happy with his performance, so there is no doubt that Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will be our race drivers next year.”

Of the eight seasons Webber has competed in Formula One, this year has already been his most successful, and by a comfortable margin. His current points tally, with one race remaining, is 61.5 points. His previous best season was in 2005, with Williams, when he scored 36 points. He finished tenth in the driver’s championship that year. In 2009, regardless of what happens in Abu Dhabi, Webber will finish the season in fourth.

In the 16 races to date he has completed 14 of them, scoring points in nine races. Mark’s points tally so far in 2009 includes two major highlights—his first Grand Prix victories in Germany and Brazil. In addition to those wins Webber has stood on the podium in China, Spain, Turkey, Great Britain and Hungary. Not a bad year for a bloke who started the season with a busted leg.

It’s also not a bad year for someone who has been described as an F1 journeyman. Which everyone knows is a polite way of saying he’s good, but not that good. So, things are looking up for Webber and Red Bull Racing. Here’s to them capping off a solid year with another great result in Abu Dhabi, before mounting a serious title challenge in 2010.

[Source: | Thanks to Sean for the tip]