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Buemi: Red Bull will determine my future

Sebastian Buemi admits that Red Bull will determine his immediate F1 future, but is optimistic that he will be on the grid next season.
Sebastien Buemi says that he is more confident that he will remain a part of the Red bull family next season after kick-starting his point-scoring crusade in Hungary.

The Swiss driver's eighth place - from 23rd on the grid - was his first top ten result for four races, but helped lift him back above Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari in the overall standings after the Spaniard's run of three scoring finishes in a row had reversed their early season positions. Although Alguersuari also scored at the Hungaroring, with tenth place, Buemi lead their private battle by twelve points to ten, and insists that his performance in Budapest sends him into the mandatory summer break before Belgium in an optimistic frame of mind.

"The holiday weeks will now be bearable," he admitted to Switzerland's 20 Minuten magazine, "[Alguersuari] is the only driver with whom I fight on equal terms, and I always fight to finish ahead of him, both in qualifying and the races. In eleven races, I have now beaten him eight [the actual tally is six - Ed] times, so it's very positive."

Both drivers have faced the prospect of Red Bull protégé Daniel Ricciardo being shoe-horned into their seat at STR, with Alguersuari under pressure at the start of the season, and Buemi likewise prior to his Hungarian revival, and even the Australian's secondment to HRT for the remainder of 2011 cannot lift the belief that he will be wearing navy blue overalls in 2012. Buemi confirms that his future is in the hands of the drinks brand, but remains confident that he will be a part of the programme going forward.

"I am under contract to Red Bull until 2013, so it's not my decision," he explained, "They are free to put me wherever they want in one of their teams. It is also possible to drive for another team, but [Red Bull] will have the final say. However, they have expressed their satisfaction with my performance, so my mood is good."



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