No surprises, Toro Rosso confirm Sebastien Buemi

Seabstien Buemi graduates from GP2 to Formula 1

Seabstien Buemi graduates from GP2 to Formula 1

As expected Scuderia Toro Rosso have confirmed that Sebastien Buemi will be one of their racing drivers in the 2009 season. The team will however take sometime to decide who will be Buemi’s team mate with Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato being the main candidates.

Buemi is part of Red Bull’s junior driver programme. Last year he raced in GP2 for Arden and finished the season in 6th place. He landed his Formula One race drive despite former Toro Rosso owner Gerhard Berger saying in July last year (when talking about fellow Austrian Andreas Zuber) – “What I always say is that someone in GP2 who wants to be in F1 needs to win the championship.” Well, Berger is no longer with Toro Rosso… Buemi however always seemed to be high on Red Bull and Toro Rosso list and his performanes during the December tests very much sealed his F1 drive. Team boss Franz Tost:

“We are delighted to welcome Sebastien, who was already part of the Red Bull family, to our team. Our engineers have been impressed with his speed in the car and his ability to learn and progress during the testing he has carried out for us last year. That, along with some impressive performances in GP2 was enough to convince us to give him the drive. His appointment also fulfils the aims of the Red Bull Junior Driver programme and meets Dietrich Mateschitz’s intention to use Scuderia Toro Rosso as a showcase for young drivers the company has supported in the lower formulae.”

Sebastien Buemi is the first and so far the only rookie driver confirmed for 2009 season (see the complete list of 2009 F1 drivers here). All the 2008 Formula 1 drivers retained their seats except David Coulthard (retired) and Sebastian Vettel who got promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull. And then of course there is still the question mark over the future of Honda team and its drivers.

Sebastien Buemi will also become the 22nd driver from Switzerland to start Formula One race, the first one since Jean-Denis Deletraz who raced in 2 GPs back in 1995 for Pacific. The last Swiss driver involved in Formula One was Neel Jani (testing for Sauber, Red Bull and Toro Rosso between 2003-2006), however he never started a Formula One race.

See also – 2008 Hungarian GP – Red Bulls and Lake Balaton – video and photos – Sebastien Buemi and Gerhard Berger driving Formula One cars around Lake Balaton

Photo: Red Bull/GEPA

7 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    So good luck Buemi :) If he someday he does something impressive, do you think the Swiss Confederation will remove the law prohibiting the races along their country in views to host a future event? Well, firstly the live broadcast should return to their TV schedules HEHE!!

    The article could mention Clay and Seppi as the most successful Swiss drivers, mostly none of those 21 past drivers did much, let’s see if Buemi is the one which can make it ;)

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  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I had few sentences on Regazzoni in but at the end I decided not to mix him and Buemi in one article :-)

  3. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    OK, here are the top Swiss F1 drivers of the past:

    Clay Regazzoni – 132 GPs, 5 wins, 5 poles, 15 fastest laps, 28 podiums, 21 front row starts, 212 points
    Jo Siffert (Seppi) – 96 GPs, 2 wins, 2 poles, 4 fastest laps, 6 podiums, 5 front row starts, 68 points

  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    He has a tough seat to fill following Vettel. I would also think this gives Bourdais the edge as it would be tough to change both drivers at the start of the season.

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      Whatever this means to Bourdais (I prefere he remains in Toro Rosso as he has got much more to show us), but Takuma Sato isn’t just a rookie… He may be a kind of kamikaze, but anyway the Japanese showed in several spots of his career that he’s talented, or better said that he has got guts, he’s not a bad candidate :)

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  5. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    He has but the Red Bull and Toro Rosso bosses clearly seem to believe he can deliver and rate him above Bourdais. We will see. Buemi’s job will may be much tougher than Vettel’s , not too many people expect Toro Rosso to be again as competitive as they were in 2009 …

    Bourdais still needs to wait for his confirmation and I think that if they wanted to keep him they would have confirmed him already …

  6. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Bourdais gets his chance but … I want to see Sato back in F1 too :-)

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