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Buemi plans Red Bull future, Sutil open to a move

ESPNF1 Staff
August 7, 2010 « Pirelli expected to begin testing programme in August | »
Sebastien Buemi is happy driving for Toro Rosso © Sutton Images

Sebastien Buemi, currently of Toro Rosso, has quashed reports linking him with a future move to Renault, insisting his sole plan is to prove himself worthy of driving for Red Bull Racing.

Buemi is contracted to Red Bull, but he has been used in the Toro Rosso team over the past two seasons. The 21-year-old has already confirmed this arrangement will continue into next year, stating: "The team confirmed me for next year so I'm really happy to be part of the family and to continue working together with Toro Rosso for the 2011 season."

The long-term plan is for Buemi to progress to the Red Bull seat, although he only has 13 championship points to his name this season. With the under-pressure Vitaly Petrov recently needing a vote of confidence at Renault, speculation of a switch involving Buemi has increased, but the Swiss insists he has no plans to leave Red Bull.

"Obviously it's really good when some of the teams are looking for you because it means that they think you are good enough to fit in their team," he said. "So this is good; you are happy when you hear those kind of things.

"But Red Bull helped me so much in the past and is still helping me so I want to stay with them as long as I can. I want to be scoring points, I want to win races and championships. This is I think pretty clear for most of the drivers.

"We work really hard and I'm confident in the future I'll be able to step in the Red Bull which is now the fastest car."

Meanwhile, Force India driver Adrian Sutil, also linked to Renault, has admitted his immediate future is uncertain.

"I'm happy at Force India but I want to move forward," the German told grandprix.com. "The top teams are pretty much closed, so it's hard to find a better seat than here.

"Scoring points regularly was my goal for this season and next year I want to improve again, whether it's somewhere else, or here.

"It's a tough decision to make right now. If you are signing up for something like three years and you're not confident the team is better, then you shouldn't do it."