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Friday, January 9, 2009

Buemi confirmed

In a move that surprised no one, Toro Rosso officially confirmed Sebastien Buemi for 2009.

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Formula 1 Testing, Jerez

Buemi, 20, raced in GP2 last season. The Swiss driver has close ties to Red Bull, and served as third driver last season with the parent team.

“I am naturally very happy to be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso this year,” he said on the team's Web site. “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.”

Buemi will have some big shoes to fill, replacing Sebastian Vettel, who graduated to the Red Bull squad after delivering STR’s first ever win.

Buemi’s appointment leaves just one question: who has the second seat? The site would only say this:

“An announcement about who will be Buemi’s team-mate will be made at some point before the Australian Grand Prix!”

Huh. Let's hope so.

Donington gets the go-ahead

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