As we reported two weeks ago, Sébastien Buemi has been retained by the Red Bull group in his role as the official test and reserve driver for the drinks giant’s two Formula 1 teams, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The 24-year-old Swiss racer will perform simulator duties and development tasks to aid the on-track efforts of both teams, although his primary focus will be for Red Bull Racing as it bids for a fourth successive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship sweep.
Buemi took on the role at the start of the 2012 season after he was dumped from Toro Rosso’s race line-up following three seasons with the team. He was also in the running for the vacant seat at Force India, but was ruled out of contention over the New Year.
“I know everyone at Red Bull Racing well and it’s good to remain with the team for another year," Buemi said of the announcement.
“We’re pleased that Sébastien has continued as test and reserve driver for the coming season,” added Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
“He joined the Red Bull Junior Team in 2004, has worked with Red Bull Racing in 2008 and 2012 and has significant race experience. He is an integral member of the team and will complete important simulation work for us throughout the year.”