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Formula One: Sebastien Buemi Denies Signing for Toro in 2011

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIJuly 16, 2010

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 09:  Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during practice for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 9, 2010, in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
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To be frank, Sebastian Buemi is not going to challenge for world titles. It's also unlikely that the driver will fight for individual race wins.

Yet, the boy has talent, which thus far has been let down by a faltering car. The Toro Rosso team has given him little to work with and this season languish somewhere between the top eight competitive teams, and the lacklustre rookies at the back.

The gap ahead and behind them looks like the largest between any pairings of teams and consequentially they are scrapping for points at best.

Rumors are afloat this week about Buemi's whereabouts for next season.

Early in the week, Renault showed interest by declaring him as one of their potential drivers for 2011. With Vitaly Petrov inconsistent and lacking the pace of his team mate Kubica the second seat is wide open.

Toro Rosso, however, emerged with the news that they will be retaining the services of both Buemi and his current team mate Jaime Alguersuari for a further year.

You would think at this point that the case is closed. Renault will just look elsewhere and the Toro Rosso team will continue to plodder along in the hope of improved performance.

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Thankfully, this appears not to be the case as Buemi has spoke out. He has declared that nothing is finalised with Toro Rosso and has given the impression that he may look elsewhere.

The Swiss driver is open to suggestion and to using his initiative in a world where people who take chances can often be rewarded.

So I have to wonder in such a situation, what would be the right choice to make?

Would it be better to go to the land of opportunity at Renault. Yes they may not currently be a race winning team, but Robert Kubica is heading them in the right direction.

They certainly have shown in the past that they can turn their car into a victor, so what is to stop this from happening again.

Buemi could do well here to sustain and build upon a career that has begun with solid foundations.

The alternative option is to stay at a team that affords little room for making a lasting impression.

For sure, Buemi would take a firmer hold of the number one seat in the team. He would always be considered as the number one driver.

But, no fulfillment can come out of driving a car that years down the line will be remembered for nothing more than that famous Italian Grand Prix win for Sebastien Vettel. It is always the driver who suffers most in this position.

To be forgotten amongst all those who benefited from a better car is not the way you would like it to be.

Should Renault not take on the services of Buemi, another team surely will try. This may not be for the following season, but the opportunity for Buemi to release himself from the grasp of Toro Rosso will be given at some point.

When this does happen, I feel he just needs to bite the bullet, take the bull by the horns, and move on. He can force himself into the history books and into the minds of the faithful fanatic.

For now, it appears his head seems to be in the right place and this urgency to create a reputation is instilled optimistically within him.

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