Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Brendon Hartley to race Mexican Grand Prix after strong Formula One debut

Brendon Hartley to race Mexican Grand Prix after strong Formula One debut

Daniil Kvyat's Formula One career at Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso appears to be over after he was dropped for a second time in just four weeks.

Hartley, 27, was drafted in for his Formula 1 debut at last weekend's US Grand Prix as Frenchman Gasly was due to race in Japan's Super Formula.

"We are going to speak behind closed doors with Red Bull and decide what we are going to do", Kvyat said. It was my best race of the season for sure.

It's possible Toro Rosso is merely attempting to pit both Gasly and Hartley against each other to determine which rookie they should keep for next year and field alongside Kvyat, but even if that is the case the decision is still freaky.

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Fortunately for Hartley, none of the remaining F1 races this season clash with his Porsche World Endurance Championship obligations, meaning he could, in theory, finish out the rest of the 2017 F1 season with Toro Rosso.

The news was released by the team itself on Monday, but Toro Rosso did not state who would drive the two-car tandem beyond Mexico City.

The Palmerston North native finished 13 at the US Grand Prix in Austin this morning.

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Hartley's performance in yesterday's race in Austin clearly won him fans within Toro Rosso, with the Kiwi starting 19th on the grid, before jumping six places in the final standings.

But Hartley spent the vast majority of the race stuck behind slower cars who he was unable to overtake because they had more powerful engines.

Hartley was hit with a Toro Rosso engine penalty before turning a wheel of his vehicle, but turned in a solid race drive to 13th on his debut.

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