Sebastien Buemi has revealed that the test and reserve role with Red Bull Racing was not his only possibility for F1 2012.
Buemi, who was confirmed in the position this week [see separate story - click here
], added that he is optimistic it will put him in a prime position to replace Mark Webber in 2013, should the Aussie retire or be forced out.
“The contract I have signed [with Red Bull] covers just one year,” the former Toro Rosso man told Le Matin
. “After that I have not been promised anything. But we will see what happens.
“I think it's better to be the third driver in the best team than to race at the bottom of the grid. Since December I was in contact with other teams as I had opportunities elsewhere. But ultimately the best solution was to stay with Red Bull.
“Obviously I was surprised and was not expecting what happened with Toro Rosso. But the Red Bull people immediately offered me the job as third driver and I thought about it before agreeing. Being close to them will be the best way to get a spot on their team one day in the future.
“Now it's up to me to do my best in the simulator to prove to them that I am qualified in case Mark Webber's contract is not renewed for 2013.”
Meanwhile, Buemi added that he is hoping to combine his Red Bull Racing test and reserve role with something else, possibly an apperance at Le Mans, to help keep him race ready.
“Ideally I would marry F1 with a different [motor racing] discipline, such as endurance - I like the Le Mans 24 a lot. There is no grand prix on that weekend, so it would be possible. The big teams will start their testing soon, so I could participate as well.
“I will probably be able to announce the details of what I will be doing in 2012 fairly soon,” he concluded.