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After Jean-Eric Vergne (Motorland Aragon) and Daniel Ricciardo (Spa-Francorchamps), Sébastien Buemi will be the first Red Bull Racing driver to take the Red Bull-Renault RB6’s wheel for the Red Bull Racing F1 Show, during World Series by Renault event. The Swissman, an experienced Formula One driver, will make the show for the Nürburgring’s fans’ pleasure.

With three seasons as a grand prix driver behind him at Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sébastien Buemi brings a wealth of Formula One experience to Red Bull Racing, where he takes on the role of Test and Reserve Driver.

After a successful spell in karting in his native Switzerland, the team’s second Séb made the transfer to single-seaters in 2004 in Formula BMW where he finished third in the series behind that other Seb, the all-conquering Vettel.

Moving through Formula 3 Euroseries and A1 GP, Sébastien arrived in GP2 with the Arden Team in 2007 and finished seventh on his first outing in Monaco. The following year he was runner-up in the GP2 Asia series and finished sixth overall in the main series, taking wins in the sprint races in France and Hungary along the way.

He finally got his shot at Formula One when he was confirmed as a race driver at cuderia Toro Rosso for the 2009 season. On 29 March that year, in Australia, he became the first Swiss driver since Jean-Denis Délétraz drove for Pacific at the 1995 European Grand Prix and the 25th Swiss racer to contest a grand prix.

To top that, Buemi finished in the points on his debut, finishing eighth to take a point under the scoring rules in force at the time. He was later promoted to seventh when Lewis Hamilton was excluded from the final result.

Since then Sébastien has racked up many thousands of kilometers in F1 machinery and during his three competitive Formula One season bagged a further 27 championship points from 55 starts.

Having established a good working relationship with Red Bull Racing in his time as the team’s Reserve Driver in 2008, Séb now returns to the role as a seasoned pro and with in-season testing back again this year his experience will undoubtedly prove invaluable.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 Red Bull Racing – Formula One Test and Reserve Driver

2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso – Formula One Driver
• Fifteenth in FIA Drivers’ Championship
• Scored 15 points

2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso – Formula One Driver
• Sixteenth in FIA Drivers’ Championship
• Scored 8 points

2009 Scuderia Toro Rosso – Formula One Driver
• Sixteenth in FIA Drivers’ Championship
• Scored 6 points

2008 Red Bull Racing – Formula One Reserve Driver
GP2 ASIA (Arden International)
• Second in Championship
• One win

GP2 EUROPE (Arden International)
• Sixth in Championship
• Two wins

2007 Red Bull Racing – Formula One Reserve Driver
F3 Euroseries (Team Mücke Motorsport)
• Second in Championship

2006 F3 Euroseries (Team Mücke Motorsport)
Formula Renault 2.0 Europcup - One Win
Formula Renault North European Championship - Two Wins

2005 Formula BMW Junior Championship - Second In Championship
Formula BMW Junior World Final Bahrain – Second

2004 Formula BMW Junior Championship - Third in Championship

2003 Karting Ica Junior Open Italia Champion
Karting Ica Junior West
Karting Ica Junior European Championship - Fourth

2002 Karting Ica Junior European Champion
Karting Ica Junior Swiss Champion
Karting Ica Junior Open Italia - Second

2001 Karting Ica Junior Swiss Championship - Second
Karting Ica Junior Bridgestone Cup Champion

2000 Karting Super Mini Swiss Champion
Karting Super Mini Kia Cup Champion

1999 Karting Mini Swiss Champion

1998 Karting Mini Swiss Champion

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 13 June 2012
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