Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will drive for Toro Rosso in 2018, the Formula One team have confirmed.
The news is not entirely unexpected after Gasly and Hartley were both recruited by Toro Rosso following the departures of Carlos Sainz to Renault and Daniil Kvyat’s exit from the Red Bull driver programme.
Gasly – the 2016 GP2 champion – made his debut for Toro Rosso at the Malaysian Grand Prix, while World Endurance Championship winner Hartley was handed his bow just three weeks later at the US Grand Prix.
— Pierre Gasly ?? (@PierreGASLY) November 16, 2017
“We’re really happy to have Pierre and Brendon confirmed so early by Red Bull as our drivers for 2018,” said team boss Franz 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 both their steep learning curves.
“I’m sure they will keep pushing hard and fight for strong results, together with the team.”
Brendon got his first taste of #F1 with the Red Bull family in 2008 as a test driver. Two World Endurance Championships and a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory later, he'll complete our 2018 driver line-up!
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) November 16, 2017
Gasly and Hartley became the fourth different combination used by Toro Rosso this season, while they will become the fifth different line-up in six years to start the campaign for the team.
“It’s very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that came as a surprise into a 2018 F1 drive, I couldn’t be happier,” said Hartley.
Gasly added: “I’m really excited and super motivated to give it my all in Abu Dhabi and the whole of next year! I just can’t wait!”
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