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Buemi secures 2009 drive with Toro Rosso

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  • Sebastien Buemi claims a seat with the Toro Rosso F1 team for 2009 season
  • The 20-year-old will become the youngest driver on next year's Formula 1 grid
  • Either Takuma Sato or Sebastien Bourdais is likely to partner Swiss in team
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(CNN) -- Sebastien Buemi is to become the youngest driver on the 2009 Formula One grid after securing his seat with the Toro Rosso team.

Buemi has impressed enough during testing to be handed a 2009 drive with Toro Rosso.

Buemi has impressed enough during testing to be handed a 2009 drive with Toro Rosso.

Although only sixth in last season's GP2 series, the 20-year-old impressed during a number of tests for Toro Rosso at the end of last year.

As a member of Red Bull's Junior Driver Program since 2005, it was only a matter of time before the Swiss stepped up into F1.

"Being a Formula One driver has always been my target since I first started racing," said Buemi. "This year, I will do all I can to bring home the best possible results, and to show Red Bull the confidence they have shown in me is justified."

Team principal Franz Tost feels Buemi displayed enough in the tests to prove he will make the grade. "Our engineers have been impressed with his speed in the car and his ability to learn and progress during the testing he carried out for us last year," said Tost.

"That, along with some impressive performances in GP2 was enough to convince us to give him the drive," he added.

"His appointment also fulfils the aims of the Red Bull Junior Driver program and meets (owner) Dietrich Mateschitz's intention to use Scuderia Toro Rosso as a showcase for young drivers the company has supported in the lower formulae."

Buemi's first official outing as a Toro Rosso driver will be in the test at the Portimao Circuit in Portugal later this month.

Toro Rosso are still running the rule over a number of possible team-mates, including Takuma Sato of Japan, or could retain last year's driver Sebastien Bourdais.

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