Buemi intends to prove critics wrong
Sebastien Buemi has taken on a new engineer and trainer to ensure he gets the right support for the 2011 season. Sebastien Buemi had spent a vast amount of the 2010 season out-qualifying and outscoring his Toro Rosso team-mate, Jaime Alguersuari until the final five races, which saw the young Swiss driver finishing towards the back of the grid. Speaking to the Swiss newspaper Blick Buemi himself spoke about his disappointment in his performance at the end of last year, saying: "I make no excuses. At the most there are explanations, but this analysis stays inside the team. I know why it happened and there is a lot to talk about with the mechanics and the engineers. And now I have a new chief mechanic. It's not the solution but just one of the things I had to fix. I will also change my physiotherapist. My current trainer, an Italian, gave me too little mental support. Formula One is not just about fitness and driving and your physio needs to do more than hold your helmet and drink bottle." Buemi's new trainer is Helmut Fink, has previously worked with Nick Heidfeld at BMW-Sauber. Buemi continued further to acknowledge that he also made mistakes which cost him dearly too, adding: "I disappointed my team several times when I was not aggressive enough or distracted, and there were some accidents. But 2010 is now checked off and I know that this season I will improve in every area." Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was recently reported as saying by ESPNF1.com that while Alguersuari is "on the correct path", Buemi "struggled" towards the end of last season. However, Toro Rosso still insist that they will retain both Buemi and Alguersuari for next season, even though it has yet to be confirmed on the FIA's official entry list, and rumours continue to circle that either Alguersuari or Buemi's seat could be under threat from Red Bull backed Daniel Ricciardo, who has been appearing more and more in testing over the last two seasons and is now Toro Rosso's third driver. Speaking about the Ricciardo rumour and whether he and Alguersuari felt pressured by it, Buemi said: "Maybe that's right. But I'm not worried that I am slower than anybody and I have enough confidence in myself." Although, the young driver did say he doesn't feel entirely confident he will still be on the grid in 2012: "You can never be certain," Buemi said. "But since 2005 Red Bull have been giving me so much support and I hope to be part of the family for a long time and one day race with Red Bull Racing."