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Le Mans drive for Red Bull reserve Buemi 10 Feb 2012

Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 26 November 2011 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 11 November 2011

Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi will compete in this year’s Le Mans 24Hours race for the works Toyota team. Buemi will share the Japanese squad’s TS030 Hybrid car with Formula One veteran Anthony Davidson and Hiroaki Ishiura.

It will be Buemi’s debut appearance in endurance racing, the Swiss driver having spent the past three seasons competing in Formula One with the Toro Rosso team.

“I am really proud to be a Toyota Racing driver at Le Mans; it’s a huge event and one of the biggest in motorsport,” said Buemi. “It’s particularly great to be going there as a Toyota driver because my grandfather has been a Toyota dealer for over 40 years so I’ve basically grown up with the brand.

“It’s also exciting to be driving a hybrid car; I think this is the future and it’s nice to see Toyota pushing a lot in that direction. I’ve driven hybrid cars in the past - the first and second generation Prius - but the TS030 Hybrid is something else. I’m looking forward to racing it; LMP1 cars are fast and it’s a professional environment so it is going to be a very positive experience for me.”

The June 16-17 date of this year’s Le Mans means it does not clash with Buemi’s Formula One commitments.

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