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Brendon Hartley to race for Toro Rosso at United States Grand Prix

13 October, 2017, 21:37 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly of France walks

He subsequently became a top LMP1 sports auto driver for the works Porsche team, and was a teammate of Mark Webber's as he won the 2015 world endurance championship.

The team has released a statement confirming his appointment for that race only. COTA is a track I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently.

The other auto will be driven by Daniil Kvyat, who returns after being dropped in favour of Gasly two races ago.

That has opened up the door for the under-performing Kvyat to return but Gasly may now miss Texas because the U.S. Grand Prix clashes with the decisive round of the Japanese Super Formula series at Suzuka.

It could be a busy two weeks for Hartley as he'll be racing with Porsche at Fuji in the World Endurance Championship, and competing for the category's title.

However, Hartley never got his debut as he was made to wait patiently as other drivers took seats above him.

But media outlets including the Spanish sports daily Marca now report that the frontrunner is in fact Brendon Hartley.

Speaking to ESPN during winter testing this season, Ricciardo said he rated Hartley as one of his toughest opponents in the early days of his Red Bull career and even credits the Kiwi as one of the reasons he was able to overcome homesickness after his initial move to Europe from Australia.

"Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that Brendon Hartley, who has been part of the Red Bull family for a long time in different classes, as well as the test and reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, will now be back racing for us in Austin", team principal Franz Tost said. However, fellow Red Bull junior Alguersuari won the title and would step up to a Toro Rosso drive mid-way through the following season.

Hartley will partner Kvyat in the United States of America, with the latter having regained a Toro Rosso seat due to Carlos Sainz's move to Renault being brought forward.

"Brendon is coming as the reigning 24h Le Mans victor and he's also leading the current FIA LMP1 World Endurance Championship, which he won in 2015 as well".

"We are really happy to have him back in our team".

On announcing Sainz's departure, Toro Rosso had stated Gasly would drive in America, but Honda - who supply the Italian team with engines in 2018 - wanted the Frenchman to race the Super Formula finale on the same day for Team Mugen, who they power. "With all the racing experience accumulated over the years, we are convinced that he will do a fantastic job for us".

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