Sébastien Buemi could be set to make his debut in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with reports from the Swiss driver’s homeland claiming that Toyota – which is making a part-time return to the endurance racing scene – will announce him as part of their expanded line-up.
The former Toro Rosso driver – who recently was announced as the reserve driver for his former employer and the Red Bull Racing sister team – had recently hinted that he would love to tackle the famous race at La Sarthe.
And now it would seem that his dream is set to become reality, with the reliable veteran reporter Roger Benoit writing in his weekly column in the Blick newspaper that the 23-year-old will be confirmed in the Japanese car-maker’s plans in an announcement expected today.
Toyota has already confirmed that former F1 drivers Alexander Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima will form part of its line-up.
Buemi will become the third member of his family to contest the race. His grandfather, George Gachnang, competed in the 1960 race, while his cousin, female racer Natacha Gachnang, raced in the 2010 event in an all-lady line-up for Matech Competition in a Ford GT1.
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