STR confirms Gasly, Hartley for Mexican GP
23 October 2017 – Toro Rosso has confirmed that Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will race for the team at this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, leaving Daniil Kvyat on the sidelines, amid questions over his future in Formula 1.
Kvyat returned to STR at the Circuit of the Americas, after being dropped for Malaysia and Japan, with Carlos Sainz Jr. making an early move to Renault and Gasly entering the Super Formula finale.
After sitting out the first practice session, to give test driver Sean Gelael another run, he registered a points finish, his first since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.
However, for the second part of the Austin/Mexico City back-to-back, Kvyat will lose his spot once more, with Gasly and Hartley forming Toro Rosso's fourth different line-up in 2017.
Gasly missed the US Grand Prix to fight for the Super Formula crown, but the event was cancelled amid an approaching typhoon, meaning he finished as runner-up.
Porsche endurance racer Hartley, meanwhile, made his Formula 1 debut, racing to 13th position after starting towards the back of the grid with a sizeable engine-related penalty.
Toro Rosso made no reference to Kvyat's future in the Red Bull fold.
GPUpdate.net spotted Kvyat meeting with Williams team boss Paddy Lowe after Sunday's race at COTA, with Lowe previously refusing to rule Kvyat out as a 2018 candidate.
Toro Rosso's line-up for Brazil and Abu Dhabi has not been outlined.