New Zealander Brendon Hartley is expected to be drafted into Toro Rosso’s lineup for a one-off appearance next weekend in Austin. We reported on Tuesday this week that, at 2018 Honda partner Honda’s request, Pierre Gasly will skip the US grand prix in order to fight for the Super Formula title. “We cannot deny their (Honda’s) wish,” Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko confirmed.
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. But media outlets including the Spanish sports daily Marca now report that the frontrunner is in fact Brendon Hartley.