Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Hungaroring, 2011

Buemi wants Le Mans drive and 2013 F1 comeback

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Sebastien Buemi hopes to return to F1 in 2013.

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Buemi eying 2013 F1 race seat (Hindustan Times)

“Ousted Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi is planning to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans before making a bid for a race seat with Red Bull Racing in 2013 should Mark Webber’s contract is not renewed.”

French Grand Prix close to 2013 return (ESPN)

“‘The case is currently on Fillon’s desk,’ said a report in Le Figaro. ‘He has only to give the green light to sport minister David Douillet and to Nicolas Deschaux, the president of the federation francaise de sport automobile (FFSA). The (first) race would be held on 1 September 2013.'”

All Systems Go! (Force India)

“A largely unheralded change to the rules this year is that teams have to pass all the FIA crash tests before they are allowed to go testing. In order to allow for a safety net, in case there were any issues that needed addressing, Sahara Force India ensured that all the tests were out of the way in December. That meant that items that in the past have been readied only in January had to be built and ready to test on time.”

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Comment of the day

FlyingLobster27 on whether Robert Wickens will make it into F1:

Unfortunately he won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, which seems somewhat cursed. Only one single FR3.5 champion (excluding the previous Nissan championship which was way more successful) has gone to F1, and that was Robert Kubica . The others ?ǣ Mikhail Aleshin, Bertrand Baguette, Giedo van der Garde, Alvaro Parente and Alx Danielsson ?ǣ are nowhere near F1.
FlyingLobster27

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