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Buemi lands Red Bull test and reserve role 05 Jan 2012

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 24 September 2011 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 10 September 2011

Red Bull have announced that Sebastien Buemi will become their test and reserve driver for the 2012 season, supporting racers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Buemi has spent the last three years competing for sister team Toro Rosso but was dropped from their race line-up at the end of 2011.

“It’s good to remain with Red Bull for another year and have this opportunity with the world championship-winning team,” said the 23 year-old Swiss driver. “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.”

Buemi has been part of Red Bull’s young driver programme for the last seven years and competed in the ADAC BMW series, Formula Three, Formula Renault and GP2 before stepping up to Formula One racing as Red Bull’s reserve in 2008. In 2009 he started racing for Toro Rosso and impressed in his first season, scoring six points and finishing 16th in the standings.

His second year in 2010, however, proved trickier, with Buemi initially struggling to find pace, but four top-ten results saw him ultimately finish ahead of younger team mate Jaime Alguersuari. The duo remained evenly matched last season but Toro Rosso decided to drop both in favour of a new 2012 line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

"It was entirely logical for Sebastien to continue with Red Bull having been a member of the Junior Team since 2004,” explained Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “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."

Following a festive break, Red Bull have returned to work in their Milton Keynes factory ahead of the first test of the season, which is due to take place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez from February 7-9.

Toro Rosso have subsequently revealed that Buemi will also act as their reserve driver if necessary.

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