Toro Rosso has announced Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will drive for the Red Bul junior team next year after the departure of Kvyat and Sainz to Renault.
Formula 2 champion Gasly has been a Red Bull junior since 2014 and made his F1 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix this year replacing Daniil Kvyat. While 2-time WEC champion Bredon Hartley was dropped from the Red Bull driver programme 2010 before being brought back in Austin as Carlos Sainz’s replacement.
Now the two will drive full time for Toro Rosso for the 2018 season.
“We’re really happy to have Pierre and Brendon confirmed so early by Red Bull as our drivers for 2018″, said Franz Tost.
“During this last part of the year they’ve shown that they’re ready for Formula 1, getting to grips with the car quickly, showing good performances and always demonstrating to be prepared for the challenge.
“As we know, F1 is something that not all drivers can adapt to this fast.
“Therefore, we’re looking forward to having a full year with them; one where we can hopefully provide them with a good package which, combined with driver consistency, can surely put them in the best possible situation to deliver.”
Hartley, who was expected to join Indycar after Porsche’s LMP1 exit said:
“It’s very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that came as a surprise into a 2018 F1 drive, I couldn’t be happier.
“I’d like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for believing in me and giving me this second chance – dreams can come true.
“I’m now going to carry on working harder than ever in order to finish this busy end of season on a high and start the new year as strong as possible… Bring it!”
“I’m super happy to race for Toro Rosso in 2018, for my first proper season in Formula 1.
“I would like to thank all the people involved, who helped me get here: Red Bull, Toro Rosso, my family and all the ones who have supported me in the lower series.
“I’m really excited and super motivated to give it my all in Abu Dhabi and the whole of next year. I just can’t wait.”