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 was a hot and humid race, but that didn’t stop Switzerland’s Neel Jani from running a good race and finishing first at the sprint race held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this weekend. The win marks the fifth different team to win a race so far this season. It seems that despite the hot weather, it all came down to cool, calculated decisions.
A1 Team Switzerland can be very proud of themselves as it was quite an interesting race. Things got a little complicated right at the start of the race. The various cars were traveling in formation towards the starting grid, steadily picking up pace. But then Marco Andretti (USA) and Felipe GuimarÃ£es (Brazil) both managed to end up climbing over the back of Narain Karhtikeyan’s (India) car, which resulted in debris being scattered across the pit straight. The unfortunate incident brought out the red flag and suddenly cars that had been speeding up comfortably had to slow down, with the result that the cars at the back of the field ended up being somewhat concertinaed as they tried to cope with the backlash of the accidents without being involved in further accidents. John Martin (Australia) only narrowly escaped an accident by shooting left onto the grass at the last moment. The incident led to a 30-minute delay in the race and by the time the remaining contenders were all lined up for a restart behind the Safety Car, Danny Watts (GB) found himself being forced to head to the pits with a car that simply couldn’t’ be changed out of first gear.
Finally it seemed the race could continue. A1 Team Switzerland held the lead, but David Garza (Mexico) lost out on seventh place to Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). As South Africa tried to make a grab for eighth place from Mexico who’d now lost seventh, the two were both overtaken by Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia) who swooped inside to take the much coveted position. Unfortunately it didn’t last long as South Africa accidentally touched wheels with Malaysia as it attempted to once again get into eighth position. The result was a puncture for Fauzy which sent Malaysia to the pits. The day ended with Neel Jani (Switzerland) in first place, LoÃ¯c Duval (France) in second and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) in third.