Buemi keeping mum about his future

Tuesday 22-February-2011 13:12

Sebastien Buemi is refusing to comment on speculation that 2011 is a make-or-break season for him at Toro Rosso.

After an encouraging start to his F1 career in 2009, Buemi stagnated last season as Toro Rosso failed to match the lofty heights of the previous two years.

With so many talented drivers in the Red Bull Racing's young driver programme, there have been suggestions that Buemi or team-mate Jaime Alguersuari could make way next year.

Swiss driver Buemi, though, says he's only concentrating on the job ahead.

"It is much too early to say what will happen," he told the official Formula One website. "Obviously Red Bull - and myself - want to see results and improvements. If it does not happen we have to sit down and think what we have to do to change that.

"Right now we have to concentrate on the job ahead of us. Obviously you cannot judge the performance of someone only on the actual results - you need to compare it to his team mate and compare it to the speed of the car. If, for example, in the past you were sitting in a Minardi and qualifying 3.5 seconds from pole position it meant a really good time, so you cannot expect people to win if the car is not good enough.

"Red Bull on the other hand is really good in that respect because they look into the details of the performance and from there they will make a decision on the future of a driver. Let's wait and see. I am pushing as hard as I can and I am prepared as well as possible, so let's wait for the season to start."

He added: "I know that everybody thinks this will be an important season, but for me I don't think that it will be more important than any other season. It is my third season now with Toro Rosso and clearly we want to make a step forward. We expect a lot so let's wait and see what we are able to achieve.

"It is always difficult to say what it will be like before you go to the first race. To read anything into the test times is always like reading a crystal ball, but this year it's even more difficult with four different compounds of tyres. You never really know what the others are up to. We are really aiming to end up ahead of one of the other teams that were in front of us last season - P7 in the Constructors' Championship would be our objective."

Buemi picked up only eight points last year and he says his main aim for 2011 is to get into the top 10 more often.

"I definitely don't want to go below last year. I at least want to be as good as last year, "he said.

"I want to be a regular points' scorer. I am really hungry for points. I didn't have enough last season!"

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