Pierre Gasly to Miss US Grand Prix for Super Formula Finale

Gladys Abbott
October 15, 2017

"I feel ready for it, honestly".

However, acquiring the Kiwi will require some ironing out by the Italian Formula 1 team - the 27-year-old is now contracted to Porsche in the World Endurance Championship - a competition he could win this weekend with a solid performance in Fuji.

He will drive alongside Kvyat, who is reinstated at Toro Rosso after Carlos Sainz Jr. left to join Renault for the remaining four races of the season.

With Gasly, who is firmly in contention for the SFC title, unavailable, Toro Rosso have turned to Hartley, despite the 27-year-old's last test for the team having taken place way back in 2009.

He becomes the first New Zealander since Mike Thackwell in 1984 to compete in motorsport's premier category and just the ninth overall.

Teammate and compatriot Earl Bamber is pleased to see the WEC be represented on such a global platform as F1, believing Toro Rosso's decision to draft in Hartley proves the quality of drivers in the endurance series.

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The 2017 Le Mans victor has emerged as a front-runner to gain the US Grand Prix audition after years as a reserve driver and time in the junior programme with the Red Bull team.

Pierre Gasly will reportedly miss the upcoming United States Grand Prix to instead challenge for the Super Formula title at Suzuka.

He can win a second World Endurance Championship with the factory Porsche team if results go his way this weekend in Japan.

The New Zealander was tipped for a spot in F1 heading into the 2008 season, when Red Bull invited him along to a show run in Saudi Arabia.

We also reported that the list of potential one-off replacements for Gasly was vast, featuring Robert Kubica, Sergey Sirotkin, Sebastien Buemi and even Takuma Sato and Indycar champion Josef Newgarden.

He has raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours each year since, while also competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2014. However, the rumor goes that Kvyat threatened to quit Formula One and Toro Rosso should he not get his seat back. It's going to be a dream come true, I've thought about that moment since I was a little kid. "With all the racing experience accumulated over the years, we are convinced that he will do a fantastic job for us", he said.

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