Sebastian Vettel will drive for the Red Bull Racing (RBR) team from the start of the 2009 season, replacing David Coulthard who is set to retire at the end of the current season. Speaking at a press event in Hockenheim today, RBR team principal Christian Horner confirmed the announcement.

“We are delighted that Sebastian will be joining us next year. With David Coulthard announcing his retirement as a Formula 1 driver a fortnight ago at the British Grand Prix, after careful consideration, it seemed natural to announce his replacement here at Sebastian’s home race in Hockenheim,” he said.

Vettel, now 21, first joined the Red Bull team back in 2000 as a junior.

His first F1 race was last year for BMW, replacing the injured Robert Kubica who crashed out at the Canadian GP. After starting at seventh on the grid at the following U.S. GP, Vettel managed to finish in 8th position and became the youngest driver ever to score a point in F1 (at the age of 19). He will continue racing as usual for Scuderia Toro Rosso for the remainder of the 2008 season.