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Sébastien Buemi

Formula 1 driver

Sébastien Buemi
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Vital statistics for Sébastien Buemi
NationalityCHE
BirthplaceAigle, Vaud, Switzerland
Born31 October 1988
Age31
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2009

Sébastien Buemi participated in Formula One for three seasons with the Toro Rosso team, until 2011. For the following year, he was signed as reserve driver for Red Bull, whilst also joining Toyota for their Le Mans and sportscar endeavours. He also participated in the fledgling Formula E series, finishing second in the first season.

F1 biography

Buemi was signed as Toro Rosso's test and reserve driver in the 2008 season, and got a small taste of the weekend's action by being asked to drive the medical car when the regular driver was unwell. He was promoted to the race seat at Toro Rosso in 2009, and completed three full seasons for the team, with his best result two seventh places.

When Toro Rosso ditched both their drivers to start afresh in 2012, Buemi was signed to the senior Red Bull team as a reserve driver, but turned most of his attention to finding a seat in another series, joining Toyota and their sportscar squad. Buemi remained as a test driver for Red Bull until the end of 2015, whilst also participating in the Formula E series. He won the Formula E championship with the Renault e.Dams team during the 2015/16 season.