Gasly expects news in 'next couple of days'
11 September 2017 – Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly says he expects news on his Formula 1 hopes in "the next couple of days", amid reports that he will land a Toro Rosso seat, if Carlos Sainz Jr. moves on.
Gasly hoped to graduate to Formula 1 this season with Toro Rosso, but Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat were retained, the Frenchman instead moving into Super Formula with the Honda-powered Mugen outfit.
Gasly's 2018 prospects also appeared doubtful, amid Toro Rosso's intention to keep hold of Sainz Jr. and Kvyat, but the situation has been altered by the anticipated engine reshuffle.
Toro Rosso has been in discussions with Honda over a 2018 engine supply, in place of McLaren, which is expected to take up a Renault customer deal.
Sainz Jr. is understood to be leverage and has been linked with a move to Renault, in place of Jolyon Palmer, perhaps as early as the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Gasly, therefore, would be primed to slot into the vacant Toro Rosso seat, and the reigning GP2 champion briefly commented on the situation after taking victory at Autopolis on Sunday.
"I know there are a few things going on at the moment," said Gasly.
"I think we'll see in the next couple of days what will happen.
"It's been my dream, I've been working hard to get there, and I'm still pushing every day to make it happen. For me, it would be unbelievable.
"Now we have a few days until the next race and Malaysia will arrive quite quickly. Let's see how it goes, but hopefully I can be there."
Announcements on the aforementioned deals are expected imminently.
GPUpdateTV: Interview with Pierre Gasly at the Belgian Grand Prix