Official: Gasly replaces Kvyat at Toro Rosso for Malaysia

Published on 26 Sep 2017 12:27

For the next Grands Prix, Pierre Gasly will be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, standing in for Daniil Kvyat, alongside Carlos Sainz. Gasly, one of the Red Bull Junior Programme drivers, has been racing in Japan this year in the Super Formula category. The 2016 GP2 Champion finished second in last Sunday’s race, having won the two previous rounds. The 21 year old will therefore get his chance to prove himself in F1. This is not a case of goodbye for our Daniil, as he still remains part of the Red Bull Family.

Franz Tost: "Scuderia Toro Rosso was established by Red Bull to bring youngsters from its Junior Programme into Formula 1 and that’s what we are doing by giving Pierre this chance. He is the next in line at Red Bull for this opportunity and he has shown that he deserves it, having taken the 2016 GP2 title and this year being very competitive in the Super Formula series in Japan. He really has a valid chance of winning the title, as he is only half a point behind the leader. The driver switch gives us an opportunity to make a more informed decision regarding our 2018 driver choices."

"For a variety of reasons, some of them due to technical problems, but others being mistakes of his own making, Daniil Kvyat has not really shown his true potential so far this year, which is why we are standing him down for the next races. This will give us the opportunity to evaluate Pierre on track during a proper race weekend."

Pierre Gasly: "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…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."

Replies (6)
Posts: 35
Dicks all dicks.
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Under performing, it's a shame really
Posts: 425
It's about time. I say put Kubica and Galsy in the cars next year, if Kubica doesn't get the Williams seat.
SE calle.itw 26 Sep 2017 18:250
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It was bound to happen. He has never been what I'd consider great, Vergne was far more worthy of that Red Bull drive, and he hasnt really impressed this year. Sort of like with Palmer, Im not sure if he is F1 material.
US ajpennypacker 26 Sep 2017 18:550
Posts: 1508
GOOD. Gasly seems quite promising and Kvyat has been underperforming and showings no signs of improvements. I am surprised this didn't happen earlier.

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