Buemi stars at Gamma Racing Day
3 August 2014 – Red Bull reserve Sébastien Buemi headlined the action at the TT Circuit Assen's Gamma Racing Day.
At 11am local time (GMT +1), the Swiss racer completed his first laps of the 4.545-km Dutch track behind the wheel of Red Bull's RB8, the machine Sebastian Vettel used to notch up his third Formula 1 world title in 2012.
Having made gradual improvements throughout his first run, Buemi was sent back out just after midday for an attack on the lap record, held by former Toro Rosso team-mate and current IndyCar driver Sébastien Bourdais.
Bourdais' time of 1:18.765, set during Champ Car's visit to Assen back in 2007, could not be beaten, with Buemi recording a best effort of 1:21.269. But the 25-year-old was nonetheless pleased with the show he put on.
"I always like learning new circuits and I found it especially good to drive here," Buemi explained. "The circuit has many fast corners and flat kerbs. You can tell that it is designed for motorcycles, but I still really enjoyed it.
"The applause at the end was the highlight of my day. Our goal is to show everyone what a Formula 1 car can do, so when you see so many happy people when you step out of the car, you know you've achieved that."
Earlier this week, Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne completed a Formula 1 demo on the streets of Assen.