Reserve driver for the fourth season!
Having left Toro Rosso at the end of 2011, after three seasons, 55 Grands Prix and 29 points scored, Sébastien Buemi was appointed reserve driver for the Red Bull Racing team. Since 2012, he therefore goes to all the Grands Prix, attending the World Champion team’s technical meetings, ready to step in if either Sebastian Vettel or Daniel Ricciardo was unable to race for any unforeseen reason.
Between the Grands Prix, Sébastien spends much of his time at the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes, in the UK, where his main role is the development of the RB11 on the team’s simulator. It is without a doubt the most sophisticated simulator in Formula 1, an extremely precise tool which allows the race cars to be set up down to the finest detail before each Grand Prix, thanks to its powerful mathematical modelling tools, which represent the chassis and the tracks down to the smallest detail, with a margin of error of less than a millimetre compared to the actual measurements of the track surface and the kerbs. It’s a huge task which Sébastien tackles with the diligence that means Red Bull has entrusted him with this task for the past four years. He also does some on-track testing.