Pierre Gasly to Miss US Grand Prix for Super Formula Finale

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

Honda, who will provide the engine power for the Faenza based squad in 2018, had also stated they would not stop Gasly from racing in the United States, but would be happy for him to return to Japan if a replacement Formula 1 driver could be sought.

Kiwi motorsport ace Brendon Hartley has been tipped to make his Formula 1 debut at the US Grand Prix for Toro Rosso.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to drive for a Formula 1 team in the United States Grand Prix before accepting a full-contract for next season.

According to Autosport, Hartley is the leading contender to drive for Toro Rosso in Austin in a fortnight with regular driver Pierre Gasly returning to Super Formula on the same weekend in an attempt to try and secure the title.

Gasly raced for Toro Rosso in both Malaysia and Japan, as boss Franz Tost considers his driver line-up for 2018.

Hartley, 27, is a former Red Bull reserve driver who also tested for Toro Rosso in 2009 but has never raced in Formula One and has not been in an F1 vehicle since 2012, before the new generation of turbo hybrid engines.

Lewis Hamilton also sits among the best paid, with the Mercedes driver on a basic yearly salary of £20.9m ($38m), although win bonuses could see him take home up to £28m ($40m). Hartley was formerly part of the Red Bull Junior Team and has enough Super License points to compete in Formula One; but he is also now contracted to Porsche in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and is purportedly in talks with Chip Ganassi for a 2018 IndyCar deal.

It is also believed he is close to a deal to race for Chip Ganassi in IndyCar next year, meaning there are contractual issues to be ironed out before his Austin appearance can be confirmed. If Toro Rosso and Hartley can't successfully come to an arrangement, the team will look to Sebastian Buemi, who previously raced for the Red Bull Junior Team as well.

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