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Buemi upset by STR criticism

Sebastian Buemi has admitted that he is disappointed by the continual airing of negative comments by Toro Rosso and Red Bull management.
Sebastian Buemi believes that it is unfair that both he and former Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari should continue to have their reputations run down by their erstwhile employer.

Despite both expecting to be retained, the pair were dumped by STR in December, and replaced by comparative newcomers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. In Alguersuari's case, the announcement came after he had already turned down an offer from another team, while Buemi was also rumoured to be on the wishlist of a couple of rivals. The Swiss driver was ultimately retained by the Red Bull family as reserve for both its F1 teams, but Alguersuari remains out in the cold, despite having been linked to similar roles at McLaren and Mercedes.

"The conclusion was that we had nurtured two drivers over three years and that we probably have other drivers in Red Bull's pool of drivers who could also do a good job," STR team boss Franz Tost told the official F1 website last week, "On top of that, we weren't sure if our current drivers would really be the right stuff for Red Bull Racing, so we decided that Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo should get their chance."

While their axing stung both drivers, it is the repetition of reasons why that is getting to Buemi, as Tost merely echoed Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko in decrying the ability of the outgoing drivers to ever be winners in the top flight. Buemi is particularly upset by the criticism as both he and, until recently, Alguersuari refused to say anything negative about STR. While the Spaniard has since spoken out about his frustration [red story here], Buemi, no doubt mindful of his position, has been a little more circumspect.

“After we were put out, Alguersuari and I said not a single bad word about Toro Rosso, we were always loyal," he told Swiss newspaper Blick, “I am amazed that from the boss there comes suddenly such negative comments.”

Despite having also secured a race seat with the new Toyota WEC team for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, Buemi admits that he would have loved to have been on the F1 grid, but accepts that remaining in the Red Bull fold may open doors for him in future.

“Of course I would prefer to race for myself,” he conceded, “but maybe this new role is the opportunity of my life.”

The 23-year old has yet to drive either of the Red Bull cars in pre-season testing, with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel conducting all the running in the new RB8 at Jerez and Barcelona. Despite being restricted to a watching brief, however, the reserve is confident that he could be part of a winning team in 2012.

"My initial feeling is that Red Bull and McLaren are the best, but Force India also gives a good impression," he reported, "At Ferrari, we see how the drivers have to contend with the car."

Related Pictures

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24.06.2011- Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
12.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso
22.02.2012 Barcelona, Spain, Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Red Bull Racing reserve driver - Formula 1 Testing, day 2 - Formula 1 World Championship
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
23.03.2017 - detail Red Bull Racing RB13
23.03.2017 - detail Red Bull Racing RB13
23.03.2017 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
23.03.2017 - detail Red Bull Racing RB13
23.03.2017 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet
23.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 helmet

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February 27, 2012 2:39 PM

He does have a very valid point but it doesn't change the fact that he's not good enough to be a 1st driver in the RBR team. Marko & Tost and like the two old grumpy men in the muppet show...how apt :)


February 27, 2012 7:38 PM

It's as if Marko thinks he's God after the huge success of Red Bull and Vettel. But if you take a look at what else the Junior Team has achieved there's really not that much, and the success of the main team is probably more down to the brilliant Newey-designed cars than anything else. Please not that Newey in spite of this doesn't believe he's God. At this point, if you look at the statistics, it's probably better to NOT accept an invitation to the Red Bull Junior team considering the number of drivers who have been picked up only to be ditched after one or maybe two seasons. Say what you want about McLaren and Lewis Hamilton, but at least they did it properly.

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