Pierre Gasly has been named as Red Bull Racing’s official reserve driver for the remainder of the 2015 Formula 1 season, replacing Sebastien Buemi and Antonio Felix da Costa in the role.
All teams are permitted to nominate a reserve driver for race weekends that can step into a seat if required, as seen at McLaren in Australia when Kevin Magnussen replaced the injured Fernando Alonso.
Red Bull has previously had Buemi and da Costa on standby during race weekends, with both balancing the role with their own pursuits in Formula E and DTM respectively.
However, Gasly will now step up to the role for the remainder of the season, joining the race team for the events in the USA, Mexico and Brazil. Gasly was already due to travel to Russia and Abu Dhabi as part of his commitments with DAMS in the GP2 feeder series.
“I’m the reserve driver for the team until the end of the year,” Gasly said. “It’s a nice sign of confidence and it shows that the team is satisfied with my work.
“It is a unique experience for me because I will live within an entire grand prix weekend. I attend briefings and debriefings, I listen and analyse feedback from drivers on the car and the changes made to it.”