Sebastien Buemi has admitted he will enjoy his holidays much more in the wake of his impressive performance in Hungary.
Shunted to the back of the grid with a pre-race penalty after a disappointing run of form, the Swiss climbed 15 positions through the field in Budapest to finish eighth.
He called it “one of my best” drives ever, amid intense pressure at Toro Rosso as the second Red Bull team looks for a vacancy for the rising youngster Daniel Ricciardo.
Asked if Hungary was therefore a weight off his shoulders, 22-year-old Buemi told the Swiss 20 Minuten publication: “It’s true. The holiday weeks will now be bearable!”
Even so, speculation that 2011 could be Buemi’s third and last season at Toro Rosso is likely to continue throughout the August pause.
Asked if he will take the chance to have some talks with other teams, he insisted: “I am under contract to Red Bull until 2013, so it’s not my decision.
“They are free to put me wherever they want in one of their teams,” said Buemi, referring to Toro Rosso as well as the premier team Red Bull Racing.
“It is also possible to drive for another team, but the parent (Red Bull) will have the say. The guys have expressed their satisfaction with my performance so my morale is good,” he added.
Buemi said he is comfortable because of his performance relative to teammate Jaime Alguersuari.
“It is the only driver with whom I fight on equal terms,” he insisted. “I always fight to finish ahead of him both in qualifying and the races, and in 11 races I have beaten him eight times.
“It’s very positive,” said Buemi.