Pierre Gasly will contest the Japanese Super Formula final and miss the US Formula 1 Grand Prix, though Toro Rosso previously announced that he would partner Daniil Kvyat for the race at Austin. Gasly drove for Toro Rosso in Malaysia and Japan this season.
The 21-year-old sits second in the Super Formula Series, half a point away from leader Hiroaki Ishiura, having taken two wins and three podiums for the Honda-backed Team Mugen. Red Bull boss Helmut Marko said to Auto Motor und Sport that Toro Rosso’s statement announcing Kvyat and Gasly’s partnership for the US GP was a “mistake,” as Honda, who will supply Toro Rosso with engines next season, want Gasly to drive in the SF final at Suzuka.
Toro Rosso is yet to announce who will partner Kvyat at Austin, with Carlos Sainz Jr leaving for Renault to begin his career with the works team early. The outfit’s choice of replacement is unclear so far, though Toro Rosso will need to tread carefully as F1 rules allow teams to use only four drivers per season.
Gasly still looks likely to take the Toro Rosso seat for the remaining races in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi as boss Franz Tost weighs up his full-time driver options for 2018.
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