Toro Rosso Driver Pierre Gasly will miss the United States Grand Prix to race at the Super Formula finale
Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly will miss the upcoming United States Grand Prix to instead challenge for the Super Formula title at the finale in Suzuka.
The Frenchman trails Hiroaki Ishiura by just half a point in championship battle in Super Formula.
The decision to allow Gasly to return to Super Formula has been supported by Toro Rosso’s 2018 engine supplier Honda. Honda preferred if Gasly remained with the F1 team, but were equally happy for him to contest the Super Formula finale if the team finds a replacement.
Reigning Le Mans 24 Hour champion, Brendon Hartley, 27, is set to replace Gasly at the US Grand Prix. He is a former Red Bull junior driver who tested for Toro Rosso twice back in 2009. This is what he had to say about this opportunity:
"What an amazing feeling!" said Hartley. "This opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise, but I never did give up on my ambition and childhood dream to reach F1. I have grown and learnt so much since the days when I was the Red Bull and Toro Rosso reserve driver, and the tough years I went through made me stronger and even more determined."
“I want to say a huge thank you to Red Bull for making this a reality, and to Porsche for allowing me to race at F1 alongside the World Endurance Championship. COTA is a track I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently.
‘’I'm trying not to put too many expectations on my F1 debut, but I feel ready for it.‘’
Although Gasly is favourite to get a seat at Toro Rosso for the upcoming season, this opportunity allows Toro Rosso to weigh up its options for the driver line-up.