Buemi confirmed as Red Bull reserve

By on Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Sebastien Buemi has been confirmed as Red Bull Racing's test and reserve driver for the 2012 season.

Buemi and his former teammate Jaime Alguersuari were left without drives for the 2012 season when they were dropped simultaneously by Toro Rosso at the end of the 2011 season in favour of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Alguersuari's future in Formula 1 however, is still uncertain.

In an official press release from the team, Buemi said: "It's good to remain with Red Bull for another year and have this opportunity with the World Championship winning team. 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."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also added: "It was entirely logical for Sebastien 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. He will complete important test and simulation work for us throughout the year and will be in attendance at each grand prix."

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