Amidst the continuing uncertainty over who is set to drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula 1 in 2009, Red Bull has suggested the small Faenza-based squad could do far worse than to take a punt on GP2 Series front-runner Sébastien Buemi.
With Sebastian Vettel graduating to the parent Red Bull Racing concern next season, and no guarantees over the security of current team-mate Sébastien Bourdais' seat either, Buemi is just one of a number of GP2 men to be linked to the team – alongside iSport International aces Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok – as well as Super Aguri F1 refugee Takuma Sato.
Whilst stressing that STR co-owner Gerhard Berger is under no obligation to promote one of the energy drinks-backed company's own young drivers, Red Bull motor racing advisor Dr Helmut Marko insisted that in his opinion Buemi would be a natural choice for the role.
The 19-year-old Swiss star is currently employed as RBR's official F1 test driver, in addition to his GP2 duties with Trust Team Arden
“Buemi already has a contract,” Marko told Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell
, whilst adding that there is 'no hurry' for a decision on 2009 drivers to be made. “If Toro Rosso want, they can have him at any time.
“There are not many drivers on the market at which you should take a closer look.”