Former Toro Rosso racer Sébastien Buemi has reportedly learned that he is no longer in contention for the second Force India racing seat for the 2013 Formula 1 season.
Reliable F1 journalist Roger Benoit wrote in Switzerland’s Blick newspaper that the 24-year-old is no longer in the running, and will now focus on having his – admittedly barely-used – role as Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver renewed for another season. He took on the role at the end of the 2011 season after being dropped by Toro Rosso, with whom he raced since 2009.
Benoit wrote that Buemi will work on having this deal confirmed “as quickly as possible”.
He had also been linked with a test driver role at Ferrari, but this appears to have gone cold.
It is understood that Ferrari reserve Jules Bianchi is vying with Adrian Sutil for the seat as Paul di Resta’s team-mate at Force India, while Jaime Alguersuari – the other driver in contention for the drive – is believed to be taking up a seat with BMW in the DTM Championship.