Toro Rosso confirms Gasly, Hartley for 2018
16 November 2017 – Toro Rosso has announced that Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will continue with the team into next year, after handing both of them Formula 1 debuts over the second half of the 2017 season.
Gasly made his Formula 1 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix, replacing the dropped Daniil Kvyat, and went on to compete in Japan, Mexico and Brazil.
Hartley was given his Formula 1 chance in the United States, taking over from new Renault signing Carlos Sainz Jr., and remained onboard at following events.
Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost had suggested that Gasly and Hartley would continue together in 2018, and official confirmation came on Thursday.
"We're really happy to have Pierre and Brendon confirmed so early by Red Bull as our drivers for 2018," commented Tost.
"During this last part of the year they've shown that they're ready for Formula 1, getting to grips with the car quickly, showing good performances and always demonstrating to be prepared for the challenge.
"We have been truly impressed by their steep learning curves. As we know, Formula 1 is something that not all drivers can adapt to this fast!
"Therefore, we're looking forward to having a full year with them.
"One where we can hopefully provide them with a good package which, combined with driver consistency, can surely put them in the best possible situation to deliver.
"I'm sure they will keep pushing hard and fight for strong results, together with the team."
Gasly, 21, a long-time member of Red Bull's junior programme, claimed last year's GP2 title and finished runner-up in Super Formula this season.
Hartley, who recently turned 28, lost his initial Red Bull backing in the late 2000s, and switched to sportscars; this year he claimed a second World Endurance Championship title.