Gasly/Hartley set to form 2018 line-up - Tost

Gasly/Hartley set to form 2018 line-up - Tost

28 October 2017 – Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says there is a "high possibility" that Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will form the outfit's line-up in Formula 1 next season.

Toro Rosso spent the bulk of the campaign fielding Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, but the Spaniard has secured an early switch to Renault, with the latter dropped entirely from Red Bull's scheme.

Gasly and Hartley have been entered for Mexico and are expected to see out the remainder of the 2017 season, with Tost believing they will also form the pairing for 2018.

"Both are Red Bull drivers, both are high-skilled drivers, and fast drivers," said Tost.

"We want to test them for the rest of the season, because there is a high possibility that this will be the driver line-up for 2018."

Tost also dismissed suggestions that the recent driver changes at Toro Rosso have created a "chaotic" picture, and insisted that it has been a positive for the team.

"For me, it's not chaotic," he commented.

"For me, it shows the possibility, thanks to Red Bull, that Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso can change drivers and can change hopefully also the performance topic.

"This is a privilege, because no other team in Formula 1 can do this."

On Hartley, Tost said: "He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and he won the LMP1 world championship – that means the results are there.

"Brendon is a very high-skilled driver. He is very committed, passionate for motor sport, and I am really happy that he is back.

"I can tell you that if we give him a competitive car he will be there and he will also fight in Formula 1 for success.

"And I hope that especially next year that we will bring together a competitive package that he can also fight for victories and good positions."

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