The announcement of Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull from 2014 has left one young driver somewhat out in the cold.
Sebastien Buemi is the current reserve driver for both Red Bull teams but now he admits a future return to racing in F1 is looking unlikely.
Buemi was a driver for Toro Rosso until he and then team-mate Jaime Alguersuari were axed in favour of Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the 2012 season, while Alguersuari left the Red Bull program to become test driver at Pirelli, Buemi stayed on as Red Bull as reserve in the hope he would stay in the running for a future Red Bull drive.
Yet after Mark Webber's announcement that he was retiring was made, the young Swiss driver was never mentioned in the list of possible replacements.
Buemi, who splits his Red Bull duties by racing for Toyota in the Le Mans series, is now having to consider the fact that if he wants a return to F1, it will be with a non-Red Bull team.
"The doors are still open," he told Brazil's Totalrace, "but nowadays it is very difficult because of the financial situation.
"It is not easy when they (teams) are looking for (drivers with) money."
Despite that he does admit he has happy with mixing his duties at Red Bull to racing for Toyota.
"My goal is to return to formula one, obviously.
"But I am very happy to be here," said Buemi, referring to Toyota, with whom he finished second in this year's fabled 24 hour Le Mans race.
"It's a great car, we are in a big fight, and I'm doing my best to succeed here.
"I am happy with the situation here at Toyota and what I'm doing with Red Bull, so why not go on like this for another year?" said Buemi.
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