Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another Sebastien for Toro Rosso !!!

Swiss rookie Sebastien Buemi gets Toro Rosso drive

for 2009 season

Formula One's Toro Rosso announced on Friday that Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi will drive for the team in the 2009 season, taking the seat vacated by Sebastien Vettel who has switched to sister outfit Red Bull.
The 20-year-old from Aigle competed in the GP2 series last year, when he was also the reserve driver for Red Bull.
"I am naturally very happy to be driving for Toro Rosso this year," Buemi, who is likely to be the youngest driver on the grid, told the team's official website.

"Being a Formula 1 driver has always been my target, since I first started racing. This year, I will do all I can to bring home the best possible results and to show Red Bull that the confidence it has shown in me is justified.
"I want to thank Red Bull for this opportunity and for all the help they have given me in my career, dating back to 2005."

Buemi's first track outing as an official Toro Rosso driver will be at the test session held at the Portimao Circuit in Portugal later this month. An announcement about who will be his team-mate is yet to be made.

Last season France's Sebastien Bourdais was in the seat but was outperformed by Vettel who enoyed a maiden win at Monza.
Japan's Takuma Sato has tested for the team and remains hopeful of getting the nod.
Toro Rosso team principal, Franz Tost, said he was delighted to see Buemi in the team.
"Our engineers have been impressed with his speed in the car and his ability to learn and progress during the testing he has carried out for us last year," said Tost.
"That, along with some impressive performances in GP2 was enough to convince us to give him the drive."

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