Pierre Gasly will race in the 2017 Super Formula finale rather than the US GP which both clash this next weekend.
The Frenchman made his F1 debut in Malaysia replacing the Daniil Kvyat and looked set to compete for the rest of the year.
However, it has been conformed that he will instead go back to Japan to contest in the Japanese Super Formula finale, in which he is half a point of the lead and in with a chance of the title.
Surprisingly Honda (who will power Toro Rosso next year) were keen for him to continue in F1 despite it meaning they would lose the title to SF rivals Toyota. But that they would welcome him back to the Mugen team if Toro Rosso could find a replacement.
It is not yet known who will replace Pierre in US as Carlos Sainz makes and early move to Renault, but some names are in the mix such as the man Sainz replaces ‘Jolyon Palmer’. It would also be in Red Bull’s interest to put one of it’s young drivers in the car early but none of the current pool would have the required super licence points to do so.