Sébastien Buemi plays down talk of Renault switch

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Buemi has been linked with a move to Renault for next season (Photo: Estoril)

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Toro Rosso’s Sébastien Buemi has denied he is on the verge of a switch to Renault for the 2011 season.

The Swiss youngster, contracted to Red Bull and confirmed as a Toro Rosso driver for next season, has been linked with the second seat at the Enstone-based team as a replacement for Vitaly Petrov.

Renault have already confirmed Robert Kubica and a raft of drivers for 2011, including Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock, Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen, former world champion Kimi Räikkönen, and Mercedes’ Nick Heidfeld have all been linked with a move.

Talking about the rumours, the 21-year-old said: “The team confirmed me for next year so I’m really happy to be part of the family and to continue working together with Toro Rosso for the 2011 season.

“Obviously it’s really good when some of the teams are looking for you because it means that they think you are good enough to fit in their team. So this is good, you are happy when you hear those kinds of things.

“But Red Bull have helped me so much in the past and are still helping me so I want to stay with them as long as I can. I want to be scoring points, I want to win races and championships. This is I think pretty clear for most of the drivers.

“We work really hard and I’m confident that in the future I’ll be able to step in the Red Bull which is now the fastest car.”

Red Bull have already confirmed Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber for 2011, with Webber’s contract due to expire at the end of next season.

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