Buemi to Red Bull in 2012?

Sebastien Buemi could find himself promoted to Red Bull Racing in 2012, in replace of Australian Mark Webber.

Although Webber recently signed an extention to his existing Red Bull contract, the agreement is only for 2011 – paving the way for Buemi to step up from Red Bull’s second team, Toro Rosso.

The Swiss driver recorded a strong drive during last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, leading for a short period before settling for eighth place.

Now PlanetF1.com has quoted an article in Blick newspaper, which states that Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko has already lined up the 21-year-old as a suitable replacement.

Meanwhile, Buemi believes that Toro Rosso must improve its qualifying performance if it is to fight for points in future races.

Our race pace was good, but where we suffered was in qualifying,” he wrote in a diary column on the team’s website, “because ending up 15th and 16th on the grid, behind the Williams was just not good enough.

“It’s clear that we are much more competitive in the race than in qualifying, where we are not producing the results we want.

“We need to be starting the races from the top 10 or at a maximum in the top 12.

“I believe we and by that I mean, the drivers and the team, are not getting the most out of the new tyre on the first flying lap. This means our lap times are not good enough, whereas in the race, with a full fuel load, we are much better at getting the tyres to work properly.”