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Buemi being courted by Ferrari?

Red Bull reserve Sebastien Buemi is apparently being courted by Ferrari as a potential replacement for Jules Bianchi.
Rumours in the Swiss press suggest that Sebastien Buemi could be on the move to Ferrari this winter in a bid to boost his chances of returning to the top flight.

The former Toro Rosso driver has been fulfilling the role of test and reserve driver for both the Italian team and sister squad Red Bull but, like erstwhile team-mate Jaime Alguersuari, has been working through 2012 on ways to reclaim a place on the grid next season.

While Alguersuari has been linked to possible vacancies at Sauber, Force India and Lotus in recent weeks, Buemi has been relatively quiet, but is now being mentioned in connection with a possible move to Ferrari as replacement for current reserve Jules Bianchi, who is being tipped to fill the Force India line-up alongside Paul di Resta.

According to Swiss publication Blick, Buemi has been offered a contract extension by Red Bull, but is actively being courted by Ferrari, who believes that some of its struggles in 2012 resulted from having an inexperienced third driver in Bianchi.

Buemi, who also considers himself a candidate for the Force India ride [ see separate story], raced sporadically for the new Toyota sportscar team in 2012, but would be a valuable addition for the Scuderia thanks to his knowledge of the Red Bull set-up and its cars.

Moving to Maranello may also open other doors for the Swiss driver, with Ferrari powering a couple of other teams on the grid and, possibly, adding Force India when the new engine regulations come into force in 2014.

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hugo - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 1:26 PM

No idea if it's true, but this would be a strong move for Buemi. Ferrari have a history of placing their reserve drivers in customer teams, while Red Bull are hardly going to drop him back in at Toro Rosso. If he wants to keep his F1 career alive this may be his best bet.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 6:09 PM
Last Edited 1533 days ago

If I were him I'd jump at any decent oppertunity to get away from Helmut, who pretty much screwed him and Algy over last year (not necessarily by not giving them a ride for this year but definitely in the way it was done by leading them on and then dropping them at the very last minute). A case of better the devil you don't know (Ferrari) in this case I would say.

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