Red Bull Racing has announced that it has extended its contract with David Coulthard to the end of the 2008 Formula 1 season.

The decision means that the team's driver line-up for next year will remain unchanged, as Mark Webber already has a deal.

2008 will mark DC's 15th year in F1 and his fourth with the Milton Keynes-based outfit, having joined the team in 2005, after being dropped by McLaren-Mercedes.

Speaking to, before the DC extension was confirmed, team boss, Christian Horner was quick to praise both Coulthard and Webber: "Our drivers are very evenly-matched. They're both very similar characters, highly intelligent, very focussed, incredibly fit and quick. They work very well together - we are totally open and we work as a team rather than two sub-sets within a garage," he explained.

"They get on well and share a healthy rivalry, but that drives the team forwards. They have a very similar driving style too, which helps in the development of the car.

"Unfortunately we haven't yet had a weekend where both have had a problem-free time, but we're certainly very pleased with the driver line-up we have - it brings a lot of experience into the team and both are highly-motivated, so it's a very healthy situation."

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