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TEAM: Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso’s feud with Renault could re-ignite this weekend with news that Brendon Hartley has an engine penalty.
Still in the infancy of their F1 careers, Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly would like to bid farewell to the 2017 F1 season with points in Abu Dhabi.
Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa has been encouraged by McLaren’s performance in Brazil and believes the engine manufacturer are continuing to head in the right direction.
Brendon Hartley will continue to have opportunities available to him with Porsche even though he has a full-time seat with Toro Rosso in Formula 1 for 2018.
Former Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, as well as STR team principal Franz Tost, have all discussed the role the team plays in connection with Red Bull.
Toro Rosso could confirm Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley as their 2018 driver line-up within the next few days.
Pierre Gasly may have completed Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix but he did so having “lost completely the power” 200m before the line.
Pierre Gasly hailed his P12 finish in Brazil, but there were retirements for his team-mate Brendon Hartley and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has tried to calm the escalating row between Toro Rosso and Renault, saying they’ve always been “treated fairly”.
Romain Grosjean was close to reaching Q3 in the Haas, while both Toro Rosso cars have grid penalties for Sunday’s race.