Former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi has hinted that he is currently content with life as Red Bull’s official Formula 1 reserve driver.
The Swiss was dropped by Red Bull’s ‘junior’ team at the end of 2011, but he kept his career alive with the reserve job as well as a Le Mans race seat with Toyota.
Asked by 20min.ch if he is eager to return to Formula 1, the 24-year-old answered: “Clearly – 100 per cent.
“But the goal is also to race, so it’s a very good compromise with Toyota at Le Mans: I can race and stay [in F1] with Red Bull.”
Asked about his chances of returning to F1, Buemi continued: “Actually very good.
“As Red Bull’s third driver I’m interesting to the smaller teams. But that would have to make sense.
“I’d prefer to stay here rather than finish 18th,” he insisted.
Buemi revealed that staying as Red Bull’s F1 reserve beyond his 2013 contract is likely.
“It looks good that [the contract] will be extended,” he said. “I’ve been in the car for about seven days [so far] this year, which is not much. I hope [that] next year it’ll be more.” (GMM)
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