Gasly feels 'as ready as I can be' for F1
26 September 2017 – Pierre Gasly says he feels "as ready as I can be" as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Red Bull-backed Gasly will partner Carlos Sainz Jr. at Sepang, and is set to continue at Suzuka, with Daniil Kvyat being "stood down" amid a challenging season.
Gasly, who joined Red Bull's young driver programme in 2014, won the GP2 title in 2016 and is in contention for this year's Super Formula crown.
He is expected to vacate the STR seat at the US Grand Prix, which clashes with the Super Formula finale, but is relishing the opportunity to make his F1 debut this weekend.
"I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get this chance in my motor racing career and specifically, Red Bull, Dr. Helmut Marko and Scuderia Toro Rosso," said Gasly.
"This is a great opportunity for me.
"I feel as ready as I can be, having had to be prepared for anything in my role as Red Bull Racing's third driver this year.
"I will do my best to perform well with Scuderia Toro Rosso during these coming races."
Gasly has made several F1 test outings with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.