F1 »

Buemi: Big expectations for 2011

Sebastien Buemi aims high with the new Toro Rosso STR6
Sebastien Buemi says he has 'big expectations' about the 2011 F1 season after Toro Rosso launched its STR6 on the opening day of pre-season testing in Valencia.

The Swiss driver will lead Toro Rosso for a third season this year having been retained over the winter, with the team being one of those on the grid to have kept an unchanged line-up for the new campaign.

With two years of experience now behind him, Buemi said he was aiming high for the year ahead although admits that he will need to push to the maximum to achieve his target of scoring more championship points than in 2010.

“I have big expectations to be honest, as I have quite a lot of experience now,” he said. “I know all the circuits, I know how Formula 1 works and we also have quite a lot of experience in terms of building up the car. So, if all goes well and hopefully it will, we should be able to score many points and finish in the top eight of the Constructors' championship.

“I have to give the maximum, getting the most out of myself and I need to have a good car, which is obvious as it is actually the same for all the drivers. The team is doing a good job to get everything working better than before and hopefully produce a quicker car. We switched the focus to the 2011 car pretty early in the season last year, so I have big hopes for the start of the season and how things will work out.”

Like many of his rivals, Buemi admitted it was difficult to judge how Toro Rosso will perform against the other teams due to the various changes being implemented in the sport, with the return of KERS, a moveable rear wing and a switch to Pirelli tyres being the major changes made for the year ahead.

“This season with all the rule changes, it could be a bit difficult, especially in the early stages at the first few races,” he said. “It is not yet really clear how we will use the rear wing and the KERS as we are still awaiting a rule clarification. It will take a bit of time to get used to it, but that will be the job of the drivers to be on top of it to the maximum by the start of the season. We will be trying to get up to speed during the winter tests to see what we can do and how we can improve it.

“We had two test days in Abu Dhabi at the end of the last championship [to test the Pirelli tyres] and it will be important to understand them quickly, because this might make a big difference when you get to the first race. We will learn how they work in cold conditions with all the testing in Europe, but as soon as we get to Bahrain the four days of testing will be very important in terms of understanding their behaviour in our qualifying and race simulations.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi with the STR6 [Pic credit: Red Bull]
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Press conference, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
24.07.2014- Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.07.2014- Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Richard Harris - Unregistered

February 01, 2011 8:00 PM

In this day and age I think Sebastian has not proven himself. I don't know if he is bringing a lot of money for his seat or if they are paying him. I do beleive TR would have served themselves better if they had picked up Nico Hulkenberg, although some would say it is a step down from the level of Williams but at least he would be racing, and in my opinion doing a much better job than Sebastian. There seems to be an abundance of young drivers available so why not try some of them also. In the two or so years Sebastian has been at TR he really has not impressed that much.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.