Swiss racer Buemi was dropped by F1’s Scuderia Toro Rosso at the end of 2012, but he has shown them what they are missing in the last few years, as he followed up a WEC title with Toyota in 2014 with a runner up finish in the inaugural Formula E drivers’ championship – losing out to Nelson Piquet Jr by just one point. He will hope to go one better this season.
Starting off in German Formula BMW in 2004 due to the circuit racing ban in his home country of Switzerland, Buemi finished 3rd in his first season of car racing. 2nd in the same series followed in 2005 before moving up to the F3 Euroseries in 2006 and finishing 3rd in the prestigious Zandvoort Masters of F3. 2007 saw him stay in the series, finishing runner up to Romain Grosjean, while the Red Bull-backed Buemi also competing in half a season of GP2 alongside team-mate Lucas di Grassi.
Moving full-time into GP2 in 2008, Buemi fought against the likes of di Grassi and Bruno Senna in the F1 feeder series, before finishing 6th at the end of the season with two wins. 2009 saw a graduation to F1 with Toro Rosso, where he would remain for three seasons, doing a solid job in midfield machinery. After being dropped for 2012, he joined Toyota’s new WEC program, winning his first race in 2013 and the WEC crown in 2014. He is still competing in the category in 2015 alongside his Formula E duties.