Buemi confirms Toro Rosso deal for 2011

Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 22, 2009, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi

Jul.20 (GMM) Sebastien Buemi has confirmed he will still be driving for Toro Rosso in 2011.

The Swiss 21-year-old initially denied team boss Franz Tost’s announcement that he had signed a deal for next year.

“I haven’t signed yet,” Buemi told Switzerland’s Blick. “There are some details missing and the driver market is still open,” he added.

Sunday’s edition of the same newspaper then explained the discrepancy by revealing that Toro Rosso had the right to retain Buemi due to his ongoing Red Bull contract.

Buemi subsequently said he is “very happy” to be staying in the Red Bull family.

And he is now quoted by Brazil’s Globo Esporte: “I have been with Red Bull for almost my entire career in motor sport and I have a contract with them for the near future, including next year.

“If I had not signed anything before, it is because there was nothing to sign. I’m very happy where I am and I am sure I would not be here if it wasn’t for Red Bull.”