Toro Rosso have confirmed that Pierre Gasly will replace Daniil Kvyat for the next ‘grands prix’, starting in Malaysia this weekend.
Strong rumours have been circulating that the Russian would be dropped in order to give Gasly a chance to prove himself in Formula 1 ahead of a potential full-time move in 2018 once Carlos Sainz makes his move to Renault.
The expectation is for Gasly to take part in Malaysia and Japan before Kvyat comes back in for the USA race due to Gasly’s Super Formula commitments.
But Toro Rosso have not confirmed the specific timetable between the two. Nevertheless, Gasly is understandably ecstatic to finally get an opportunity in Formula 1 following a lengthy wait.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get this chance in my motor racing career and specifically, Red Bull, Dr. Helmut Marko and Scuderia Toro Rosso,”Gasly said.
“This is a great opportunity for me. I feel as ready as I can be, having had to be prepared for anything in my role as Red Bull Racing’s third driver this year.
“I will do my best to perform well with Scuderia Toro Rosso during these coming races.”
Kvyat has been reassured that he is still part of the Red Bull family.