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Sebastien Buemi

Toro Rosso

F1 team review - Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi 2009 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 29 Mar 2009 13 7 2 2
Malaysian GP 5 Apr 2009 20 16 0 2
Chinese GP 19 Apr 2009 10 8 1 3
Bahrain GP 26 Apr 2009 16 17 0 3
Spanish GP 10 May 2009 15 18 0 3
Monaco GP 24 May 2009 11 20 0 3
Turkish GP 7 Jun 2009 18 15 0 3
British GP 21 Jun 2009 19 18 0 3
German GP 12 Jul 2009 17 16 0 3
Hungarian GP 26 Jul 2009 10 16 0 3
European GP 23 Aug 2009 15 19 0 3
Belgian GP 30 Aug 2009 16 12 0 3
Italian GP 13 Sep 2009 19 13 0 3
Singapore GP 27 Sep 2009 13 16 0 3
Japanese GP 4 Oct 2009 13 19 0 3
Brazilian GP 18 Oct 2009 6 7 2 5
Abu Dhabi GP 1 Nov 2009 10 8 1 6

"Sebastien Buemi has done a solid job this year despite the occasional wreck.

"He has surprised me, in a positive way, and the Swiss driver has done much better than I thought he would.

"Buemi was very strong in Brazil but he faded a bit during the race, which suggests his mental and physical fitness is not where it needs to be yet. But eighth place in the season finale in Abu Dhabi underlined his increasing maturity.

"He's a driver worthy of an F1 seat in 2010. He is showing upside potential - with a long way to go."


Sebastien Buemi and the 2009 Toro Rosso
Buemi has nothing to lose as the former Red Bull tester makes his debut

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
You need to be fast, you are famous and you need to deal with the pressure. So fast, famous and pressure.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
Driving the car. This is the best thing. I love driving the F1 cars, they are the best in the world and it is just fantastic.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As someone who achieved a lot of good results and victories. Many world titles would also be good!

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
I was at the Paul Ricard circuit with some other F1 drivers - David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Sebastien Bourdais - and we had to do a demonstration with an Audi R8. I crashed the car - so that was quite bad.

Who is the worst dressed Formula One driver?
Are you sure everybody is answering this? I don't know, I cannot answer this, I want to pass on this because I'm a rookie.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?

Spa or Monaco?

Sebastien Buemi's 2009 helmet
Car number: 12
Nationality: Swiss
Born: 31/10/1988, Aigle
Grand Prix debut: |Australia 2009
Grands prix entered: 17
Highest race finish: 7th x 2
Points: 6

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

I would still be at school at the moment and I would study the financial markets.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
Roger Federer. He has achieved so much in a sport where it is difficult to stay at the top.

I really have a lot of respect for him and can learn a lot from him. He stays really cool when things are going wrong. He is really good - and he's Swiss.

What would be your perfect day off?
To wake up in Switzerland in front of the mountains and spend all day with my family and friends.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Every year I go to Spain. My family have a house in Malaga in the south of Spain and I really enjoy being there.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
I don't own a house. So it's my car, a golf GTI.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
I like clothes by Ralph Lauren.

What is your favourite music to drive to?
I like a bit of everything but I love U2 and Nickelback

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
I would love to have dinner with Roger Federer to be honest because he's just the person who I respect and want to learn so much from him.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
A secret? Well, I've got an Italian passport.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
Steve McQueen.

Boxers or briefs?

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
Angelina Jolie.

James Bond or Austin Powers?
James Bond.

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