Sébastien Buemi

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Sébastien Buemi
Sébastien Buemi.JPG
Buemi in 2012.
Nationality   Swiss
Born (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 25)
Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland
2014 WEC
Debut season 2012
Current team Toyota Racing
Car no. 8
Former teams 0
Starts 14
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 0 in 0
Finished last season 0
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team e.dams Renault
Car no.
Former teams 0
Starts 0
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20092011
Teams Toro Rosso
Races 55
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 29
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2009 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2012
Teams Toyota Racing
Best finish 2nd (2013)
Class wins 0

Sébastien Olivier Buemi (born 31 October 1988 in Aigle, Vaud)[1] is a Swiss racing driver, who formerly competed for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One. Buemi is currently a reserve driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso's sister team, Red Bull Racing, as well as being a member of Toyota's FIA WEC squad.

Career[edit]

Formula BMW[edit]

After graduating from karting, Buemi spent 2004 and 2005 in German Formula BMW, finishing third and second in the championship respectively. He was also runner up in the 2005 FBMW World Final.

Formula Three[edit]

Following a single race in Spanish Formula Three in 2005, Buemi moved up to the Formula Three Euroseries for 2006, finishing 12th in the championship, ceding 11th place to Charlie Kimball on countback. He remained in the series for 2007, and finished second in the championship, behind Romain Grosjean. He has also competed in the special Masters of Formula 3 and Macau Grand Prix races.

A1 Grand Prix[edit]

For the 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season, Buemi shared driving duties for A1 Team Switzerland with Neel Jani and Marcel Fässler. The team finished eighth in the championship.

GP2 Series[edit]

Buemi driving for Arden International at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season

Buemi was drafted in at short notice to replace the injured Michael Ammermüller at ART Grand Prix for the Monaco round of the 2007 GP2 Series season. He performed creditably on his GP2 début, qualifying fourth and finishing seventh. He joined the Arden International team for the 2008 GP2 Asia Series, and finished as runner-up with a win and four second places. He continued with the team for the main 2008 season.[2] He scored his first win in the French sprint race, starting 21st on the grid (after a technical problem in the feature race) on slick tyres on a drying track and benefitting as most rivals had to pit for slicks. He won one more race and ended the season sixth in the championship.

Formula One[edit]

On 18 September 2007 he drove the Red Bull RB3 at the F1 test session in Jerez. He was third quickest on the day, behind Timo Glock (BMW) and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Scuderia Toro Rosso) but ahead of names such as Rubens Barrichello (Honda) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Renault). On 16 January 2008 Red Bull Racing confirmed Buemi as their test and reserve driver for the 2008 season.[3] At the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, Buemi drove the medical car as usual driver Dr Jacques Tropenat had been suffering from an ear problem.[4]

Scuderia Toro Rosso (2009–2011)[edit]

2009[edit]
Buemi during free practice at the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix.

Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed its signing of Buemi as one of its race drivers on 9 January 2009.[5] He was the first Swiss driver to take part in an F1 race since Jean-Denis Délétraz drove for Pacific at the 1995 European Grand Prix.

In his first race, the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, Buemi outqualified his team-mate Sébastien Bourdais and then scored a point in the race by finishing in eighth position. He was later promoted to seventh place as a result of Lewis Hamilton being disqualified. At the Chinese Grand Prix, he scored another point, this time in the wet, finishing eighth after starting tenth. After a mid season dip in the Toro Rosso's form, Buemi rounded off a good weekend to finish 7th in the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix. He followed this with a third top ten qualification in a row and another points finish at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Buemi finished the year sixteenth with 6 points as the best rookie.

2010[edit]
Buemi driving the Toro Rosso STR5 during practice for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix

On 9 November 2009, it was confirmed that Buemi would race for a second season with Toro Rosso.

During the first free practice session of the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix, a front suspension wishbone broke under braking on Buemi's Toro Rosso as he braked for Turn 14. The two front wheels flew off while Buemi was travelling at over 300 km/h (190 mph). One wheel went over the safety fence and landed in a spectator area, missing a camera man on its way. Buemi's car continued to travel forward, veering to the left and sliding along an Armco barrier, knocking off the front wing. Neither Buemi nor any spectators were injured as a result of the incident. Toro Rosso blamed a failure of a new front right upright for the incident.[6] Buemi completed 2010 with eight points to teammate Alguersuari's five. He was sixteenth again in the drivers' championship.

2011[edit]

Buemi, along with his team mate from 2009 and 2010 – Jaime Alguersuari, continued to race for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2011. On 14 December 2011 it was announced that both Buemi and Alguersuari had been dropped by the team, and would be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne for the 2012 season.

Red Bull Racing (2012–Present)[edit]

2012[edit]

In January 2012 it was announced that Buemi would rejoin Red Bull Racing as a test and reserve driver for the 2012 season, as well as acting as Toro Rosso's reserve driver.[7] Buemi continued as Red Bull's test and reserve driver for the 2013[8] and 2014 seasons.

Sportscars[edit]

Buemi also signed a deal to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota Motorsport GmbH, driving a Toyota TS030 Hybrid with Anthony Davidson and Hiroaki Ishiura (who later withdrew and was replaced by Stéphane Sarrazin).[9] After a strong performance, the car was running in third position in the early evening when Davidson collided with a GT Ferrari and crashed heavily.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2009 Buemi was officially resident in Bahrain, living with his family and his girlfriend Jennifer.[10] He has since moved to Monaco.[1] His cousin, Natacha Gachnang, is also a racing driver.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2004 Formula BMW ADAC Lars Kaufmann Motorsport 20 0 2 2 10 188 3rd
2005 Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 20 7 7 12 16 282 2nd
Formula BMW World Final 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Spanish Formula Three Racing Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series ASL Mücke Motorsport 20 1 0 6 3 31 12th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Motopark Academy 8 2 1 1 6 172 7th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 6 1 0 0 1 33 11th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Switzerland 12 0 0 1 0 50 8th
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series ASL Mücke Motorsport 20 3 2 4 13 95 2nd
GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 11 0 0 3 0 6 21st
Macau Grand Prix Räikkönen Robertson Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2008 GP2 Asia Series Trust Team Arden 10 1 0 1 5 37 2nd
GP2 Series 19 2 0 0 5 50 6th
Formula One Red Bull Racing Test driver
2009 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 0 0 0 0 6 16th
2010 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 8 16th
2011 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 15 15th
2012 Formula One Red Bull Racing Test driver
World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test driver
Le Mans 24 Hours Toyota Racing (LMP1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 2nd
World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 8 1 0 0 4 106.25 3rd
2014 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test driver
World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing (LMP1-H) 2 2 0 0 2 50 1st*

* Season in progress.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Switzerland NED
SPR

10
NED
FEA

8
CZE
SPR

8
CZE
FEA

10
BEI
SPR
BEI
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR

5
NZL
FEA

4
AUS
SPR

4
AUS
FEA

7
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR

4
SHA
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

Ret
GBR
SPR

DSQ
8th 50

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA

7
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

20
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

17
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

13
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
21st 6
2008 Trust Team Arden ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

2
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

3
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

11
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

DNS
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

1
EUR
FEA

6
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

7
6th 50

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 Trust Team Arden DUB1
FEA

DSQ
DUB1
SPR

Ret
IDN
FEA

1
IDN
SPR

7
MAL
FEA

Ret
MAL
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

2
DUB2
FEA

2
DUB2
SPR

2
2nd 37

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2009 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
7
MAL
16
CHN
8
BHR
17
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
15
GBR
18
GER
16
HUN
16
EUR
Ret
BEL
12
ITA
13
SIN
Ret
JPN
Ret
BRA
7
ABU
8
16th 6
2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
16
AUS
Ret
MAL
11
CHN
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
10
TUR
16
CAN
8
EUR
9
GBR
12
GER
Ret
HUN
12
BEL
12
ITA
11
SIN
14
JPN
10
KOR
Ret
BRA
13
ABU
15
16th 8
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
8
MAL
13
CHN
14
TUR
9
ESP
14
MON
10
CAN
10
EUR
13
GBR
Ret
GER
15
HUN
8
BEL
Ret
ITA
10
SIN
12
JPN
Ret
KOR
9
IND
Ret
ABU
Ret
BRA
12
15th 15

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 Japan Toyota Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 82 DNF DNF
2013 Japan Toyota Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 347 2nd 2nd
2014 Japan Toyota Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Nicolas Lapierre
Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H 374 3rd 3rd

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB SPA LMS
Ret
SIL SÃO BHR FUJ SHA NC 0
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
3
SPA
4
LMS
2
SÃO
Ret
COA
2
FUJ
15
SHA
Ret
BHR
1
3rd 106.25
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
3
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
1st* 80*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIA World Endurance Championship Team – Sébastien Buemi (#8)". Toyota Racing. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arden target return to form in 2008". autosport.com. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Buemi confirmed as Red Bull reserve". Autosport. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Buemi's F1 "race" debut". Autosport 194 (3): p. 15. October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Toro Rosso confirm Buemi for 2009". autosport.com. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  6. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-04-16). "Upright failure caused Buemi's crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (5 January 2012). "Sebastien Buemi confirmed as Red Bull Racing's reserve and test driver". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sebastien Buemi will continue as Red Bull's test and reserve driver for the 2013 season". SkySports F1. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toyota recruits Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi for second TS030 HYBRID". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sébastien Buemi to stay in tax-free Bahrain" Auto123.com 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-04-25.

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