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Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien BuemiFull name: Sébastien Olivier Buemi
Date of birth: 31/10/1988
Place of birth: Aigle, Switzerland

First race: 2009 Australian GP
Current team: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Current car number: 16

Races: 17
Highest championship position: 16th (x1)
Highest race finish: 7th (x2)
Podiums: 0
Career points: 6
Highest grid position: 6th (x1)
Fastest laps: 0

Starting out in karts

Buemi made his karting debut in 1994. He soon got the bug and began to compete in as many competitions as possible. Four years later he was to compete in the Swiss Karting Championship, it was to be a successful endeavour as he won the title two years in a row. The new millenium saw Buemi take his karting career to another level when he entered the tougher Super-Mini Swiss Karting Championship. He showed his worth by winning the championship in his very first year.

In his second year of the Junior Class of the Swiss Karting Championship he would claim that title too while in the same year becoming new European Champion in Junior Karting and earning the runner-up spot in the Italian Open Karting Championship. In 2003 his experience would serve him well as he took the title in the Italian Open Karting Championship and ranks 4th at the European Championship Finals, in Lyon.

Moving up

2004 saw the change to Formula BMW for two years (where he would finish 3rd and then runner up). After a brief experience in Formula 3000 at the Spanish round he decided to cement his commitment there for the 2006 season. In his rookie year he would stand 12th in the table but faired much better in his second year where he was runner up. But 2006 saw the Swiss trying to get as much mileage as possible; he also contest in the A1 Grand Prix series with A1 Team Switzerland. The team would eventually finish eight at the end of the season.

When Ammermuller was injured in the Monaco round of GP2, it was Buemi who was to take his seat for 2007 with ART Grand Prix. On his debut he managed to qualify an impressive fourth place, he fell down to seventh but for a first race it was a credible performance. His first win would come in 2008 at France (sprint race) where he started 21st. He would taste victory again at Hungary. He suffered three retirements but his solid performances meant he saw the season out in 6th place in the championship standings.

Formula One

After a test with Red Bull back in 07 (he ended third quickest) it was confirmed that he would be Red Bull’s reserve driver for 2008 and was slotted into a race seat for 2009 with Toro Rosso. The Toro Rosso had dropped off the pace somewhat in 2009 but Buemi still outqualified his teammate Bourdais on his very first outing and scored two points. At China he scored another point but Toro Rosso spent most of the midseason as backmarkers. However, in the final two rund he would finish 7th and 8th. Based on his consistent racing Toro Rosso have signed Buemi for the 2010 season.

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