Sebastien Buemi has revealed he is confident he will return to the grid in 2013.
Like the now Pirelli tester Jaime Alguersuari, Swiss Buemi was ousted by Toro Rosso at the end of last year but retained by team owner Red Bull as the main team’s F1 reserve. Dr Helmut Marko has said he is happy to keep Buemi, 23, at Red Bull Racing next season, but at the same time vowed to not stand in his way should he be offered a 2013 race seat.
With Nico Hulkenberg heading to Sauber to replace the McLaren-bound Sergio Perez, it has been reported that Buemi is a leading contender to move to Force India in 2013. But, reportedly, so too are Spaniard Alguersuari and also the well-backed former Force India driver Adrian Sutil.
Buemi told the French-language RMC: “Everything is going well in the discussions for next year. But as long as nothing is done, I’d rather not talk about it. But it is on track and I hope to announce something soon,” he added.