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Buemi-STR announcement edging closer?

There have been further whisperings within the Formula 1 paddock of late that Sébastian Buemi joining Scuderia Toro Rosso to make his debut in the top flight in 2009 is all-but a done deal.

It has been rumoured for months that the Swiss rookie – who finished sixth in the GP2 Series feeder category last season with Trust Team Arden, triumphing twice along the way – is as good as a shoe-in for one of the two available seats at the Red Bull 'junior' outfit this year.

The 20-year-old Red Bull Racing test driver has tried out for the small Faenza-based squad on a number of occasions, and on his most recent appearance for the team at Jerez in Spain last month he outpaced both of his fellow competitors for a drive, 2008 STR incumbent Sébastien Bourdais and out-of-work Super Aguri refugee Takuma Sato.

Speaking to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport about his anticipated F1 bow, Buemi contended that it would be bittersweet because 'you work towards your goal for so long and then when you're finally there, the sport is in crisis', whilst recently departed co-owner Gerhard Berger told Swiss newspaper Blick that the team would remain strong in 2009 because 'Toro Rosso will have a good and fast driver in Buemi'.

It has long been STR's stated desire to take on one young gun such as Buemi alongside a more experienced hand such as Bourdais or Sato, and team principal Franz Tost is already predicting great things from his new protégé.

“Buemi is going to stay close to Faenza,” the Austrian explained. “If we can work together each and every day, we will be getting the maximum out of him.”


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Calvin _

January 06, 2009 4:04 PM

I think that it is pretty out of order to keep their drivers waiting so long for a decision. The rejected driver then has no time to organise his drive for the year. SB deserves another year to prove himself after learning the tracks and the car in 2008.

Hannah - Unregistered

January 06, 2009 7:14 PM

Agreed!:D Personally Id love to see Bourdais get 1 of the drives: I believe he has great potential and deserves another chance to get some decent points! :D And for the sake of it, I want Buemi to get the other seat, simply to keep it the 'Seb' team, lol!:p The other part of this interview said that STR have not yet set a deadline for when they're going to decide on the line-up, as Calvin has already said its really not fair on the potential drivers who now have NO chance of getting an F1 seat anywhere else.:-o And, as I've already said, it'll get to Australia and the team bosses will make the final decision just before Friday practice!:rolleyes:



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