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.
BrendonHartley 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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