Le Mans drive for Red Bull reserve Buemi 10 Feb 2012
Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi will compete in this years Le Mans 24Hours race for the works Toyota team. Buemi will share the Japanese squads TS030 Hybrid car with Formula One veteran Anthony Davidson and Hiroaki Ishiura.
It will be Buemis 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; its a huge event and one of the biggest in motorsport, said Buemi. Its particularly great to be going there as a Toyota driver because my grandfather has been a Toyota dealer for over 40 years so Ive basically grown up with the brand.
Its also exciting to be driving a hybrid car; I think this is the future and its nice to see Toyota pushing a lot in that direction. Ive driven hybrid cars in the past - the first and second generation Prius - but the TS030 Hybrid is something else. Im looking forward to racing it; LMP1 cars are fast and its a professional environment so it is going to be a very positive experience for me.
The June 16-17 date of this years Le Mans means it does not clash with Buemis Formula One commitments.
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