Jan.5 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Red Bull on Thursday confirmed reports Sebastien Buemi will be the energy drink-owned team’s official test and reserve driver in 2012.

The 23-year-old Swiss lost his race seat after three full seasons with rookie team Toro Rosso, but the Blick newspaper said recently he would at least stay in the paddock this year in a reserve role.

“It’s good to remain with Red Bull for another year and have this opportunity with the world championship winning team,” he said.

“I would prefer to be driving at the races of course, but working with Red Bull Racing on the development of their car and providing them with feedback throughout the season is the next best thing.”

Team boss Christian Horner said Buemi will attend all 20 grands prix in 2012 and also complete “important test and simulation work” away from the race tracks.