Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was confirmed as Infiniti's director of performance this week at the New York International Auto Show.

This latest announcement 'extends' and 'enhances' Vettel's relationship with Infiniti which formally began in 2011. In this capacity, the three-time F1 world champion has already played a crucial role in developing Infiniti's vehicle line-up, starting with the exclusive Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and most recently with the all-new Infiniti Q50.

"Sebastian's talent and ability behind the wheel is unquestionable and his role in developing Infiniti vehicles has already proven invaluable," said Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen. "How many premium automotive brands can honestly say its vehicles have been developed alongside a triple World Champion?

"As our technical collaboration with Infiniti Red Bull Racing continues to deepen, so does our relationship with Sebastian who will be crucial to the development of our future vehicle line-up, ensuring Infiniti stands for passion and performance in a brand that challenges the status quo."

"I am really happy to extend my relationship with Infiniti and become their director of performance," added Vettel.

"Helping to develop the Infiniti Q50 was a very different type of driving duty for me but I approached it in exactly the same way as I do my F1 car. I am looking forward to working closely with Infiniti in developing more of their road cars into the future."