F1 » Marko: Buemi re-hired 'in case something happens'

Sebastien Buemi's greater knowledge of Red Bull's F1 simulator ultimately stood him in good stead when it came to landing the third driver role at RBR/STR.

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Call me Mr Cynical - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 12:51 PM

It's their (Red Bull) money so they can choose how to spend it, however if it were my money I would have left either Beumi or Alguersuari in a race seat (as they are proven and will be a calibration) Ricciardo would have had the other seat as he is also proven. Vergne if I was told to employ him would be in for Friday practice.
After all with Marko's attitude that appears to be that he is just going to experiment and not to try to improve STR's position in the grid you could always promote Vergne on a race by race basis if either of the race drivers did not impress?


January 11, 2012 12:56 PM

Marko is right, what's the point of having a junior team intended for bringing on young future champions then keeping the same pair of drivers there for 5 or 6 years? Buemi and Zoolander had their chance, hopefully the next pairing will prove more fruitful.

Makes sense to keep Buemi as a back up though, you never know when Webber might give himself a dull one mountain biking, jumping off cliffs, wrestling crocodiles etc.

ed - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 1:24 PM

Oh to be an engineer, mechanic or designer working your behind off at Toro Rosso trying to beat teams around you, only to be told "Well, you're not really an F1 Team, you're just a prep school for Red Bull".


January 11, 2012 1:37 PM

ty. oddly enough i agree with you. str is designed purely for bringing on new talent, with a view of possible progression to red bull, if a rare talent is evident. those who have been given the chance, courtesy of red bull sponsorship, have to move on by proving themselves exceptional. but they also get a chance to show other teams their worth. str is part of an academy, and there is no obligation by red bull, to get all their sponsored proteges, a guaranteed drive.
if vergne or ricciardo do not shine, i could see buemi being slotted in mid season.


January 11, 2012 1:41 PM

Don't forget about Australian Snakes /Spiders and surfing together with spending the day on a Motor Bike with Troy Baylis Ty if you want to jump on the Mark Webber dislike bus.

What Mark did for charity downhere raised in excess of $1.0M together with raising exposure of Red Bull to the general public which is basically a shelf product in Australia and not promoted.

For that D.M. has showed him freedom of sorts to enjoy a holiday at home.

Don't here much from the other guys on the grid. What are they up to?. The only other person that I can see who has enjoyed the break is Button.

Daniel Ricciardo has also been doing some Go-Karting
All under authority.

I share the sentiments of your first paragraph.

wannagohome - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 1:47 PM

Where's your pride Buemi? They drop you, and on your way out the door they say "your a GP driver, but not a winner". Now you take up the reserve role "in case something happens".
Personally, I don't think Buemi is a winner. But what's the point staying within an organization that is quite vocal in how bad it thinks you are?

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