Hartley to drive for Toro Rosso at next weekend's US GP


"I'm trying not to put too many expectations on my F1 debut, but I feel ready for it".

Hartley will take the seat of Pierre Gasly, who will turn out in the Asian Super Formula championship finale instead.

Brendon Hartley, 26, returns home after winning endurance championship alongside Porsche teammates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.

This opportunity presented itself as the aftermath of driver changes in Formula One that are taking place and have taken place at the end of this season leading up to next season.

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

Brendon Hartley started racing as a kid and by the age of 17 was racing n the British Formula 3 Championship.

Hartley says the years he missed out on F1 made him more determined to make this opportunity a reality.

The New Zealand driver Brendan Hartley will race for Toro Rosso at next week's US Formula One Grand Prix in Texas.

Porsche 919 World Endurance Championship driver Brendon Hartley will fill Sainz's empty Toro Rosso seat at the Circuit of the Americas next week, Toro Rosso announced today.

And while it might seem likely that Kvyat will stay on, he has now been demoted twice by Red Bull - once from the senior team back to Toro Rosso in May 2016 and then dropped altogether after this year's Singapore event.

"What an wonderful feeling!" said Hartley, who will fill the seat temporarily vacated by France's Pierre Gasly. Hartley said in the official press release.

His elevation to a drive for Austin is further proof Toro Rosso is unconvinced about its line-up for next season.

Gasly was initially handed Daniil Kvyat's F1 auto for two races, Malaysia and Japan, however, Carlos Sainz's early move to Renault means he'll be staying with the team for the remainder of this season.

The drafting in of Hartley alongside Kvyat means Toro Rosso will field their third different driver line-up in 2017.

"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", said Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost.

"With all the racing experience accumulated over the years, we are convinced that he will do a fantastic job for us".