Red Bull Confirms Reserve Drivers
Infiniti Red Bull Racing has named Sébastien Buemi and António Félix da Costa as the team’s test and reserve drivers for 2014.
For Buemi, 2014 will represent a third consecutive year in the role of test and reserve driver at the team. The Swiss racer first filled the role in 2008 before graduating to an F-1 race seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2009. In his 55 grands prix with Red Bull’s sister team, he scored 29 championship points.
Since returning to Infiniti Red Bull Racing as test and reserve driver in 2012, he has mixed team duties with sports car racing, making his Le Mans 24 Hour debut in the same year. In 2013, an expanded World Endurance Championship program saw him and his team-mates take victory at the final round in Bahrain and score three other podium finishes, including second place at Le Mans.
Da Costa, meanwhile, already has experience of the test and reserve driver role at the team, having substituted for Buemi at a few races during the 2013 season. The Portuguese racer also has extensive experience with Infiniti Red Bull Racing F-1, machinery having tested for the team at the 2013 Young Drivers’ Test in Silverstone, the 2012 Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi and having conducted a number of show car runs for the team during the past year.
In 2013 Da Costa raced in the Renault Renault 3.5 series, taking three wins on his way to third place in the championship. He also backed up his 2012 Macau Grand Prix victory with second place in this year’s edition of the prestigious F3 race.
“It’s great to be able to announce the signing of Sébastien and António for 2014,” said team principal Christian Horner. “Next year sees the biggest change to the Formula One regulations for some time and the return of multiple in-season tests. To therefore be able to call on two such capable drivers is of huge benefit to the team.”