Red Bull Racing Eyes Buemi for 2012

Although he started the season on a very low note with the Scuderia Toro Rosso at his second year in Formula One, Sebastian Buemi's future suddenly looks brighter following his performance in Canada. The Swiss driver was intensively prayed by his team for his 8th place at Montreal, and some reports suggest that he may be Sebastian Vettel's next teammate at Milton Keynes.

As you all know, the Austrian team recently signed Mark Webber for an additional year in 2011, meaning Buemi will have to stay at STR-Ferrari for one more season before switching to Red Bull.

Prior to the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend, Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko advised Buemi to raise his game, or else he risks losing his STR seat for the 2011 season. Three days later, Marko was the first one to congratulate the 22-year old Swiss for his wonderful run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

That is the Buemi that we want to see. Aggressive, controlled and super-fast, even with a broken exhaust,” said Marko.

During the race last Sunday, Buemi led the action for one lap (at one point), and overtook Michael Schumacher for 8th place in the final few laps of the race. According to Swiss newspaper Blick, the plan at Red Bull's Salzburg headquarters has now modified into potentially fielding Buemi alongside Vettel in 2012.

Buemi has his best times still ahead of him. He knows that with us he is in good hands, with no unnecessary pressure,” said STR team principal Franz Tost.

Of course there is still a long way to go until Buemi can successfully challenge for the second spot at Red Bull, but the form he's showing nowadays is nothing short of encouraging. With his 8th place in Canada, he passed his younger teammate Jaime Alguersuari in the overall classification by two points.
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