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Buemi admits targeting Webber’s seat for 2012

Sebastien Buemi has admitted he is happy to spend another season at Toro Rosso in order to convince Red Bull that he should be paired with Sebastian Vettel in 2012.

The 21-year-old Swiss will spend a third season with the energy drinks company’s Italian-based junior team next year, but is hoping Mark Webber will move on from Red Bull Racing once the Australian’s 2011 contract expires.

“My goal is to have a seat at Red Bull, to follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel,” Buemi told the Swiss newspaper Le Nouvelliste.

“But first I have to convince the bosses.  First of all, it requires good results, because a car like that has to be deserved.

“Today, I am happy to drive a Toro Rosso, with the team that gave me my chance.”

He admitted that it is the cockpit currently occupied by championship contender Webber that is in his sights.

“Admittedly he has had a superb season,” said Buemi of the Australian.  “But it is a place that could be free for 2012.

“But first it is my task to prove myself,” he acknowledged.