No 2013 F1 race return for Buemi

2 January, 2013

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Red Bull Racing Third Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday 6 October 2012.Jan.2 (GMM) Red Bull reserve Sebastien Buemi has kicked off his new year by learning that he will not be making his return to the Formula One grid in 2013.

Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that the 24-year-old has been told that he is out of the running to secure the vacant Force India race seat.

Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit said that Buemi, who lost his Toro Rosso drive at the end of 2011, will now work instead on having his deal as Red Bull’s official reserve driver extended.

Benoit said that Buemi, who had also been linked with a Ferrari test deal, wants his new Red Bull contract in place “as quickly as possible”.

“Buemi will not comment at this time. First he needs to safeguard his future,” the journalist wrote.

Blick added that the Ferrari-linked Frenchman Jules Bianchi, and former team driver Adrian Sutil, are now the favourites to become Paul di Resta’s new teammate at Force India.

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