Toro Rosso’s drivers for the Mexican Grand Prix will be Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley, the team has confirmed.
Gasly, who made his F1 debut in Malaysia, stepped down from the team last weekend to take part in the final Japanese Super Formula round at Suzuka. However the two races were cancelled, ending his chances of winning the championship.
He will return alongside Hartley, who made his grand prix debut yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas. The pair have just three F1 race starts between them.
The news means Kvyat, who returned at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix and finished tenth, has been dropped again. He described yesterday’s grand prix as “my best race of the season for sure.”
“I came here with a fresh mindset,” Kvyat added. “We shuffled some things in the team to give everyone some new motivation and some new focuses. Everything has been working fantastically this weekend and the race was just great.”
Toro Rosso announced the change in a brief statement on Monday which read: “Scuderia Toro Rosso’s driver line-up for the upcoming 2017 Mexican Grand Prix will be formed by the following pairing: Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.”
Hartley said he was “satisfied” with his first appearance in an F1 car which came over six years after his last race in a single-seater. “The pace was pretty strong, especially at the end,” he said.
Hartley has already races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this year in the World Endurance Championship, where he shared victory with Porsche LMP1 team mates Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard. He has two further WEC rounds to contest this year, neither of which clash with F1 races.
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