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Sébastien Buemi
Sébastien Buemi - Pilote - Visage - Spa Francorchamps 2008.jpg
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Toro Rosso
Car # 16
Races 18
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2009 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

Sébastien Olivier Buemi (born October 31, 1988 in Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland) is a Swiss racing driver, who competes for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One in 2009.

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Career

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Formula BMW

After graduating from karting, Buemi spent 2004 and 2005 in German Formula BMW, finishing third and second in the championship respectively. He was also runner up in the 2005 FBMW World Final.

Formula Three

Following a single race in Spanish Formula Three in 2005, Buemi moved up to the Formula Three Euroseries for 2006, finishing 12th in the championship, ceding 11th place to Charlie Kimball on countback. He remained in the series for 2007, and finished second in the championship, behind Romain Grosjean. He has also competed in the special Masters of Formula 3 and Macau Grand Prix races.

A1 Grand Prix

For the 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season, Buemi shared driving duties for A1 Team Switzerland with Neel Jani and Marcel Fässler. The team finished eighth in the championship.

GP2 Series

Buemi driving for Arden International at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

Buemi was drafted in at short notice to replace the injured Michael Ammermüller at ART Grand Prix for the Monaco round of the 2007 GP2 Series season. He performed creditably on his GP2 début, qualifying fourth and finishing seventh. He joined the Arden International team for the 2008 GP2 Asia Series, and finished as runner-up with a win and four second places. He continued with the team for the main 2008 season.[1] He scored his first win in the French sprint race, starting 21st on the grid (after a technical problem in the feature race) on slick tyres on a drying track and benefitting as most rivals had to pit for slicks. He won one more race and ended the season sixth in the championship.

Formula One

Buemi during free practice at the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix.
Buemi demonstrating a Red Bull RB1 at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed

On September 18, 2007 he drove the Red Bull RB3 at the F1 test session in Jerez. He was third quickest on the day, behind Timo Glock (BMW) and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso) but ahead of names such as Rubens Barrichello (Honda) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Renault). On January 16, 2008 Red Bull confirmed Buemi as their test and reserve driver for the 2008 season.[2] At the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, Buemi drove the medical car as usual driver Dr Jacques Tropenat had been suffering from an ear problem.[3]

Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed its signing of Buemi as one of its race drivers on January 9, 2009.[4] He was the first Swiss driver to take part in an F1 race since Jean-Denis Délétraz drove for Pacific at the 1995 European Grand Prix.

In his first race, the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, Buemi outqualified his team-mate Sébastien Bourdais and then scored a point in the race by finishing in eighth position. He was later promoted to seventh place as a result of Lewis Hamilton being disqualified. At the Chinese Grand Prix, he scored another point, finishing eighth after starting tenth. After a mid season dip in the Toro Rosso's form, Buemi rounded off a good weekend to finish 7th in the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix. He followed this with a third top ten qualification in a row and another points finish at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. On 9th November 2009, it was confirmed that Buemi would race for a second season with Toro Rosso

Personal life

Buemi lives with his family and his girlfriend Jennifer in Bahrain.[5] His cousin, Natacha Gachnang, is also a racing driver, currently competing in the FIA Formula Two Championship.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2004 Formula BMW ADAC Lars Kaufmann Motorsport 20 0 2 2 10 188 3rd
2005 Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 20 7 7 12 16 282 2nd
Formula BMW World Final 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Spanish Formula Three Racing Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2006 Formula Three Euroseries ASL Mücke Motorsport 20 1 0 6 3 31 12th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Motopark Academy 8 2 1 1 6 172 7th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 6 1 0 0 1 33 11th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Switzerland 12 0 0 1 0 50 8th
2007 Formula Three Euroseries ASL Mücke Motorsport 20 3 2 4 13 95 2nd
GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 11 0 0 3 0 6 21st
Macau Grand Prix Räikkönen Robertson Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2008 GP2 Asia Series Trust Team Arden 10 1 0 1 5 37 2nd
GP2 Series 19 2 0 0 5 50 6th
2009 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 0 0 0 0 6 16th
2010 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 1 0 0 0 0 0* 16th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA

7
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

20
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

17
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

13
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
21st 6
2008 Trust Team Arden ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

2
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

3
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

11
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

DNS
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

1
EUR
FEA

6
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

7
6th 50

Complete GP2 Asia Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 Trust Team Arden UAE1
FEA

DSQ
UAE1
SPR

Ret
IND
FEA

1
IND
SPR

7
MAL
FEA

Ret
MAL
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

2
UAE2
FEA

2
UAE2
SPR

2
2nd 37

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2009 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
7
MAL
16
CHN
8
BHR
17
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
15
GBR
18
GER
16
HUN
16
EUR
Ret
BEL
12
ITA
13
SIN
Ret
JPN
Ret
BRA
7
ABU
8
16th 6
2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
16
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
16th* 0*

* Season in progress.

References

  1. ^ "Arden target return to form in 2008". autosport.com. 2007-01-10. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64616. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Buemi confirmed as Red Bull reserve". Autosport. 2008-01-16. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64709. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Buemi's F1 "race" debut". Autosport 194 (3): p. 15. October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Toro Rosso confirm Buemi for 2009". autosport.com. 2009-01-09. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72695. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Sébastien Buemi to stay in tax-free Bahrain" Auto123.com 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-04-25.

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