Reports from his Swiss homeland are claiming that ousted Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Buemi is still a part of the parent Red Bull drinks group, with rumours building that he will remain on board a reserve driver for both Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso.
After contesting three seasons for the Faenza-based squad, Buemi (and team-mate Jaime Alguersuari) were dropped from the junior team’s 2012 line-up in favour of rookie drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne.
But Blick’s veteran journalist, Roger Benoit, is now suggesting in his latest column that the 23-year-old Swiss driver will step into a reserve driver role with the two teams.
“No one wants to say if the contract has been signed yet or not,” he writes. “But for the driver from Vaud, it is the best solution to at least stay in the paddock.”