Sebastien Buemi had his first taste of Formula One machinery at the age of just 15 when he was given the chance to drive an Arrows F1 car. Ten years on, the Swiss racer is currently the Red Bull test and reserve driver.
After enjoying a successful karting campaign, Buemi moved to the German Formula BMW championship finishing third in his debut season – just behind another future F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel. As the points kept on coming for Buemi, so did the opportunities to work his way up the open-wheel classes.
In 2006, he raced in the F3 Euro Series for the first time, finishing 12th overall. He then made his debut in GP2 in 2007 and was on impressive form from the start. In 2009, he caught the eye of Toro Rosso, who signed him up later that year, making Buemi the first Swiss driver to race in Formula 1 since 1995.
Sébastien continued to drive for Toro Rosso through to 2011 but is currently back test-driving for the Red Bull team, who he first tested for in 2007. During this time, he’s also enjoyed success in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Buemi had a strong season in the first year of Formula E. The Swiss driver was in the hunt for the championship until the last day of the season, despite a shaky opening two rounds for the Swiss driver.
However, Buemi spun during the final race of the season losing the championship winning position to Bruno Senna. Buemi failed to find a way back past Senna for fourth place in the race which allowed Nelson Piquet Jr to become world champion.
Buemi will be hoping the fine tune the mistakes from last year to mount a serious challenge for the title.