The winter off-season is typically slow period for everyone in the F1 fraternity, but it seems that Sébastien Buemi has found ways of keeping himself amused, by posting a new speed record on a series of waterslides!

The Toro Rosso pilot raced down the three high-speed waterslides at the famous Aquaparc in the Swiss resort town of Le Bouveret, faster than the venue’s previous record holder.

Speaking to the Le Nouvelliste publication, Buemi admitted: “I have a competitive spirit, whatever game I am taking part in.”

The Swiss driver admitted – having gained prior permission from his team management beforehand – that the key to his success was in launching himself down the slides as quickly as possible.

And as for the risks of his endeavours – when many of his peers have suffered injuries in extra-curricular activities (cycling seems to be the latest favourite, if you ask Mark Webber), Buemi answered: “It can be dangerous in the sense that you can slip over, that’s true. But I was careful.”

If Buemi can make equally lightning getaways in the 2011 season, this could bode well for Toro Rosso’s position in the championship!

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