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Hartley to make F1 debut with Toro Rosso

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Hartley to make F1 debut with Toro Rosso

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.

The team has released a statement confirming his appointment for that race only.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will make his Formula One debut at the U.S. Grand Prix and, as Toro Rosso's official confirmation put it, it is an opportunity almost a decade in the making.

Hartley has been drafted in as replacement for Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who will be competing in the Super Formula Championship finale in Japan instead.

Kvyat was replaced by Gasly, the 2016 GP2 champion, at the Malaysia and Japanese GPs but with Carlos Sainz moving to Renault four races early, the Russian will make his return at Austin.

Toro Rosso have not said who will race their cars for the remainder of the season after next weekend's race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

"This opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise, but I never did give up on my ambition and childhood dream to reach F1".

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Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost pointed out that Hartley had longstanding Red Bull roots, and also hinted that the team - which tends to try to promote young talents ready for promotion to the Red Bull team - was eyeing a more experience pair of hands to close out the season.

He can win a second World Endurance Championship with the factory Porsche team if results go his way this weekend in Japan. COTA is a track I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently.

Brendon Hartley will take a seat behind the wheel for Toro Rosso at the US Grand Prix in Austin.

Less than a year later he began providing testing in Mark Webber's place after the Aussie had suffered an injury, and for the 2009 season was the official reserve driver for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost reportedly wants to use the next race as a chance to evaluate a new driver to add to next year's roster with current driver Pierre Gasly remaining a favourite to retain one of the team's cars, but the other now still up in the air.

Hartley, the first New Zealander to earn an F1 drive since Mike Thackwell in 1984, added: "What an awesome feeling".

"We are really happy to have him back in our team".

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