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TEAM: Toro Rosso
Pierre Gasly is hoping Honda come out of the starting blocks with a reliable engine as the teams have just eight days of pre-season testing in order to get up to speed for 2018.
Pierre Gasly believes his Toro Rosso drive is proof that drivers can enter Formula 1 without massive financial backing.
Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley has ruled out competing in other motorsport categories this season, saying he will solely focus on Formula 1.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko thinks Toro Rosso and Honda could gel together quicker than expected and spring a surprise in 2018.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Daniil Kvyat had more natural talent than Toro Rosso duo Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, but “something happened to him mentally”.
Toro Rosso’s technical boss James Key has spoken about the challenges the team has faced in implementing the Honda engine ahead of the 2018 season.
Brendon Hartley concedes he wasn’t ready to compete at the highest level when he was initially given a shot by Red Bull, but feels he is a “more rounded” driver now.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost hopes Daniil Kvyat gets another chance in Formula 1 after being axed from the Red Bull driver programme.
Brendon Hartley has conceded that he has had a “tough” start to his Formula 1 career but believes the process will be “very important” if he wants to succeed in the sport.
Honda have announced that Yusuke Hasegawa will be leaving his role as Formula 1 chief and taking up a new position on January 1.