Born in Aigle, Switzerland on 31 October 1988, Sébastien Olivier Buemi started his racing career in 2004 competing in the ADAC BMW series, finishing third in the standings in his inaugural season. In 2005, Buemi once again competed in the ADAC BMW series, this time winning seven races and ending the season in second place. In 2006 he competed in the F3 Euroseries finishing 12th in the championship for that season. In 2007 he remained in the F3 Euroseries, finishing the season in second place. During this year Buemi also competed in five GP2 events as a stand-in for an injured team-mate.
Buemi tested for Red Bull Racing F1 in September 2007 in Jerez and clocked in as third quickest on the day, resulting in him being signed as reserve driver for the team for 2008. His performance alongside other world-class drivers put him behind Timo Glock and Vitantonio Liuzzi, and ahead of more experienced drivers such as Rubens Barrichello and Nelson Piquet Jr. On 9 January 2009, Red Bull Racing’s sister-team Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed that Buema had been signed by the team as one of its drivers for the 2009 season.
Buemi’s first race for Toro Rosso was the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, where he proceeded to pass his team-mate Sebastien Bourdais and finish eighth, thereby scoring a point. With Lewis Hamilton being disqualified from the race, Sébastien Buemi was later moved up to seventh place. Additional points were earned by Buemi at the Chinese Grand Prix, the Brazilian Grand Prix, and the end of season event in Abu Dhabi. It was confirmed in November 2009 that Buemi would compete as part of Toro Rosso for 2010 as his second season with the team.
It’s young and exciting – it’s the Formula BMW Americas. A combination of youth, speed and talent, the Formula BMW Americas provides the ultimate starting point for aspiring auto racing enthusiasts. Youths from fifteen years of age and up can enroll and start climbing their way up the ladder to racing greatness.
It all started in the 1970s when BMW made the decision to support a junior team for the Procar series over a number of years. In doing so, they saw the need to provide a platform program that could provide the sort of education and training that young drivers needed. Between 1991 and 2001, the motor car company was also involved in the Formula ADAC Championship, where they not only provided engines but provided much needed assistance to young drivers who were progressing from go-karting to Formula racing. Many of the drivers assisted in this way later went on to compete in the international racing circuit of their choice. In fact, the past twelve years has seen more than forty different beneficiaries of their BMW ADAC Scholarships make their way into Formula 3. Ralf Schumacher is undoubtedly the most famous graduate of the scholarship program, and his success just goes to show how far young talent can go with the type of support provided through the Formula BMW Americas program.
While the Formula BMW program is only in its seventh year worldwide, it has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the top choices of karters looking to make the change from karts to race cars. The program provides aspiring young drivers off the kart tracks and provides them with three championship series in various parts of the world. The one in the Americas is certainly very popular and is currently seeing many young promising drivers receive the education and coaching that they need to become the best that they can.
BMW doesn’t just provide these young drives with financial support. They recognize that talent needs support to grow and so they are educated, coached and promoted to the greatest degree possible. In addition to this, the Formula BMW Americas races are exciting – with new young talents emerging every year to sweep the rug out from under the feet of previous favorites. So support this excellent concept; attend the races and make the most out of this excellent racing series. The Formula BMW America Series kicks-off on 16 May at Laguna Seca Raceway.