Formula 2 driver Sergio Sette Camara has been announced as an official Red Bull test and reserve driver for the 2020 Formula 1 season, returning to the fold after previously being a junior driver in 2016.
Having been in a similar role at McLaren last year before announcing his departure yesterday, Sette Camara will now work alongside long-time Red Bull reserve Sebastian Buemi as a show car, simulator and potentially emergency race driver for the energy drinks outfit.
The switch comes after the 21-year-old Brazilian earned his F1 super license on the back of a strong performance in the 2019 F2 championship, having finished fourth with two poles and two victories.
He said of his break, “I am extremely happy to join for the 2020 season. I’ve been watching F1 since I was five years old and I’m humbled to have been given this opportunity.”
Aside from his duties with Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri, Sette Camara is yet to lock-in his 2020 schedule, although he had been previously linked to an Indycar drive with Carlin.
In any case, he will take up his new duties starting this weekend with the opening round of the F1 championship at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
🗣️ “I am extremely happy to join for the 2020 season. I’ve been watching F1 since I was five years old and I’m humbled to have been given this opportunity.” @sergiosettecama on becoming Official Red Bull Test & Reserve Driver 👊 #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/nHG3dbgOM2
— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) March 9, 2020