The junior Red Bull Team once home for Max Verstappen, came back into the spotlight when McLaren-Honda relationship ended and Toro Rosso-Honda destiny was sealed.
With a new gearbox, let´s drive into a tricky road, with many unprecedented changes in Formula One.
Toro Rosso´s driver Daniil Kvyat has been stood down from his seat within the team, effect immediate.
The Malaysian Grand Prix would see French driver and former F2 champion, Pierre Gasly (21) making his debut as a full-time Formula One driver.
Gasly is expected to continue to be a full-time driver for the team into the 2018 season.
Carlos Sainz Jr. goes to Renault as a loan for the 2018 season leaving Toro Rosso.
The sooner the better
Last weekend, Toro Rosso announced at the Japanese Grand Prix, that would be Carlos Sainz Jr. last race with the team.
The Spaniard who has been confirmed as new teammate for Nico Hülkenberg for next season will be officially joining the team to race alongside the German driver as soon as USGP in Austin, Texas, and it´s expected scoring valuable points for Renault in the constructor´s standings.
Briton, Jolyon Palmer, steps out from his seat at Renault after reaching an agreement of which details haven´t been disclosed to date.
Water kept running under the bridge last week, when we learn that a Daniil Kvyat comeback was upon the table due to Sainz Jr. “yellow” move.
Daniil Kvyat is confirmed to be racing at Austin with becoming Pierre Gasly teammate for the next four races, end of story.
Please take a look at the picture below:
Changes in Formula 1 are becoming as quicker tham the 2017 spec cars itselves.
But as we know, a little moment of calm precedes every storm so hold your horses! Whoever thought it has been enough of “seat-shaking” for a season coming to an end next month, remember, it´s not over till it´s over.
By October 7th it was given as a fact Pierre Gasly would not come back to drive in Super Formula, the series he was racing in before being called by Mr. Helmut Marko, giving him the chance to race for Toro Rosso in Formula One.
The French driver, second in the Japanese championship standings, with a grand possibility to win the Super Formula title.
But with both events colliding into the same weekend, Gasly was said to prefer going to race in Austin.
Early this week, what was given as certain became a decision out of reach for the driver. As a result, Gasly is indeed going to battle for a chance to win the championship in Suzuka, drooping the Austin race.
Without the French driver available, a new driver would have to step in to race alongside Daniil Kvyat.
Take a big breath because we´re heading into the final turn.
Potential candidates names started to pop-up, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sebastian Buemi, Brendon Hartley, who?
For those of you not familiar yet to the WEC series, Brendon Hartley is a driver for the Porsche team at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
The New Zealander is an extremely fast and talented driver.
Back in 2010 he was a reserve driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso in Formula One, a role he shared with Formula Renault teammate 3.5, Daniel Ricciardo. However he was dropped from the Red Bull Junior team.
He went on building a strong career participating in different series such as GP2, European Le Mans series and WEC to name a few.
With the Porsche team he won the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with teammates Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber.
He´s also 2017 24 hours of Le Mans winner alongside Earl Anderson Bamber and Timo Bernhard.
The team is battling for the series championship this weekend in Japan, racing to win the 6 hours of Fuji, starting from pole position.
Brendon Hartley (27) has been the one chosen to step in for Pierre Gasly at The Circuit of the Americas (Cota) with Toro Rosso next weekend.
There´s at least one blank space in Toro Rosso drivers line-up for 2018 season.
Risking to predict who will be the driver joining the Toro Rosso-Honda squad is a walk in the dark.
Chances are Hartley could earn a full seat as Kvyat could be back, nothing has been confirmed yet and everything is possible.
SUPER FORMULA – BATTLE HONDA-TOYOTA
Hiroaki Ishiura is standing in the first place of the Super Formula series by only one half of a point.
Gasly is a driver for the Team Mugen powered by Honda engines while Ishiura (36) races for the P.MU/CERUMO INGING team, powered by Toyota.
The Japanese driver is a former Super Formula Champion (2015) who also competes in the Super GT GT500 series in Japan.
Felix Rosenqvist stands in third place, five points away from the leader, racing for the SUNOCO Team.
A not to be missed season finale indeed.