Autovolt Magazine

Sébastien Buemi

Sébastien Buemi had his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at the age of just 15 when he was given the chance to drive an Arrows F1 car. Ten years on, the Swiss racer is currently the Red Bull test and reserve driver.

After enjoying a successful karting campaign, Buemi moved to the German Formula BMW championship finishing third in his debut season – just behind another future F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel. As the points kept on coming for Buemi, so did the opportunities to work his way up the open-wheel classes.

In 2006, he raced in the F3 Euro Series for the first time, finishing 12th overall. He then made his debut in GP2 in 2007, and was on impressive form from the start. In 2009, he caught the eye of Toro Rosso, who signed him up later that year, making Buemi the first Swiss driver to race in Formula 1 since 1995.

Sébastien continued to drive for Toro Rosso through to 2011 but is currently back test-driving for the Red Bull team, who he first tested for in 2007. During this time he’s also enjoyed success in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Sébastien Buemi is among the first eight names to be revealed for the new Formula E Drivers' Club

Source; FIA Formula E