Sebastien Buemi, the Swiss driver dropped by Toro Rosso following the 2011 Formula 1 season, has been named as reserve driver for big sister F1 team Red Bull.
Buemi, who found himself out of a seat after Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne were appointed to the Toro Rosso team, will now by the backup for World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his Australian team mate Mark Webber.
The driver, who is 23 years old, will participate in testing for Red Bull, in addition to attending each Grand Prix in case one of the two main drivers is unable to race.
Buemi described the position as “the next best thing” to a seat in a Formula 1 racing team.
Jaime Alguersuari, the other Toro Rosso driver who was removed from his post this close-season, has yet to find himself a role for 2012, though he is being linked by many to a seat at Spanish team, HRT.