F1: Red Bull keeping Sebastien Buemi as reserve driver

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Sebastien Buemi will enter his fifth season as test/reserve driver for Red Bull Racing in 2015, the team has confirmed today.

The understudy role for Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat is one of several gigs for the Swiss driver, who won the 2014 World Endurance Championship driver’s title with Toyota Hybrid teammate Anthony Davidson.

He also drives for e.dams-Renault in the FIA Formula E series and won its most recent race in Uruguay.

“I’m very pleased to take on another season as reserve driver at Infiniti Red Bull Racing,” said Buemi in a statement. “It is like being part of the family now and I have a good working and personal relationship with everyone at the team.

“I’m looking forward to helping with the development of the RB11 in any way I can. It should be an exciting season and I’m delighted that I will be a part of it.”

Buemi has been connected with the Red Bull racing family since 2008, when he joined the main team as reserve driver. Then, in 2009, he began a three-year run with a race seat on Red Bull’s junior F1 squad, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

He and STR teammate Jaime Alguersuari were both replaced at the end of 2011 by Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. However, Buemi was able to return to Red Bull reserve duty following that decision.

“He’s been closely associated with the team for some years now; we value his skills very highly and we have a great working relationship with him,” said team principal Christian Horner in his own thoughts.

“His experience has proved invaluable over the years and it is great to have another world champion at the team.”