Mexican Gutierrez is struggling so far in 2013
Sebastien Buemi has admitted a sports car programme in 2013 is some compensation for having to watch every grand prix from the reserve bench.
“Yes, it’s terrible,” the Swiss said, when after being retained as Red Bull’s official reserve driver for 2013 was asked if sitting on the sidelines is difficult. “Real torture!” Buemi, 24, said as he recalled last year, the first season after being dropped by Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso.
Sebastien Buemi has kicked off his new year by learning he will not be making his return to the formula one grid in 2013.
Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that the 24-year-old has been told he is out of the running to secure the vacant Force India race seat. Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit said Buemi, who lost his Toro Rosso drive at the end of 2011, will now work instead on having his deal as Red Bull’s official reserve driver extended.
It is possible Ferrari could poach Sebastien Buemi from Red Bull, the well-connected Swiss correspondent Roger Benoit claims.
Benoit, who has written for Blick newspaper for years, said Swiss Buemi’s future remains uncertain, despite his links to the Force India cockpit for 2013. Buemi, 24, was Red Bull’s reserve driver in 2012 and he is tipped to stay in the role for next year.
Sebastien Buemi says he is still in the running to secure the Force India race seat for 2013.
And the Swiss, who was dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last year but subsequently signed up as Red Bull’s reserve driver, told the Blick newspaper that he might also be a candidate to replace the erratic Romain Grosjean at Lotus.
Adrian Sutil is on his way back to formula one and Force India, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
However, the Silverstone based team’s sporting boss Otmar Szafnauer denied the deal is done: “We have not signed a contract with any driver,” he insisted. Team owner and boss Vijay Mallya, however, has mentioned German Sutil’s name several times in recent weeks, as the team looks to replace the Sauber-bound Nico Hulkenberg.
Force India will wait until the end of the season before announcing its driver lineup for 2013.
It is, however, an open secret that Paul di Resta is staying put, after his 2012 teammate Nico Hulkenberg penned a deal to switch to Sauber next season. The list of candidates to replace German Hulkenberg is long, ranging from Toro Rosso’s former Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, ex-team driver Adrian Sutil and reservist Jules Bianchi.
The contenders are lining at the door to fill Force India’s vacancy for 2013.
With Nico Hulkenberg switching to Sauber, there are plenty of suitors for the seat alongside Paul di Resta. Spain’s Marca sports daily said Pirelli tester Jaime Alguersuari has been offered a drive by BMW to race in the DTM touring car series next year.
Toro Rosso is sticking with its current drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, for the 2013 season.
Australian Ricciardo, and 22-year-old Frenchman Vergne who is a year younger, moved into the Faenza based team’s race seats when Toro Rosso ousted Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi at the end of last season. “Both drivers have done a good job this season,” said team boss Franz Tost.
“We do not need a driver with millions; we need the fastest one”
Force India has added fuel to speculation it is considering Sebastien Buemi or Adrian Sutil to replace the Sauber-bound Nico Hulkenberg in 2013. Officially, the Silverstone based team says it has not been told that German Hulkenberg is leaving, but other insiders consider it a done deal.
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