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Buemi 'a driver with a future' - Toro Rosso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastien Buemi impressed his team with a drive from 16th on the grid to ninth in Turkey © Getty Images

Sebastien Buemi's future at Toro Rosso looks more secure after a shining performance in Turkey.

Speculation has linked Red Bull protégé Daniel Ricciardo to either Buemi's or team-mate Jaime Alguersuari's seat for next season. But Buemi put in a stand-out performance at Istanbul Park, running seventh near the end after starting 16th on the grid, and eventually crossing the line in ninth place.

"We have rarely seen so much fight from Sebastien," team boss Franz Tost told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

Toro Rosso's technical boss Giorgio Ascanell agreed: "Buemi has really matured. He has learned from his mistakes and with his new fitness coach is now focused on his job. He's a driver with a future."

After the race Buemi said he could have finished higher if it had not been for a strnage vibration in the car.

"In general I am very happy with my race and I don't think I could have done better," he said. "However, it's true that in the final two laps I lost two places and if not for this we could have brought home a seventh place finish.

"But I could not even hold the steering wheel anymore because there was so much vibration coming through from the tyres: it was not due to tyre wear, so we will have to analyse carefully what happened as I had not felt this before.

"All the same, it was a great race and I pulled off plenty of overtaking moves and I fought hard. Scoring points after starting sixteenth is reason to be pleased."