Sebastien Buemi will become Red Bull Racing's test and reserve driver

As we had speculated a few days ago, Toro Rosso cast-off Sébastien Buemi will be retained by the Red Bull stable as the test and reserve driver for the Milton Keynes team.

The Swiss driver was left high and dry when he was dropped from Toro Rosso’s 2012 line-up, having made his F1 debut with the team in 2009.

But all is not lost it seems, for the Red Bull hierarchy have deemed he’s good enough to remain on the bench for the championship-winning team in 2012.

“It was entirely logical for Sébastien to continue with Red Bull having been a member of the Junior Team since 2004. He already knows the team well from his time with us in 2008 and has gained significant race experience over the past three years,” said Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner.

“He will complete important test and simulation work for us throughout the year and will be in attendance at each Grand Prix.”

“It’s good to remain with Red Bull for another year and have this opportunity with the World Championship-winning team,” added Buemi.

“I would prefer to be driving at the races of course, but working with Red Bull Racing on the development of their car and providing them with feedback throughout the season is the next best thing.”

[Image via The Motor Report]

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