Hartley keeps Toro Rosso seat for Mexican GP, Gasly returns to replace Kvyat
Toro Rosso has announced its line-up for this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, with Brendon Hartley keeping his seat for another go in Formula 1.
The Kiwi will be joined by Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who returns from his Super Formula commitments, replacing Russian Daniil Kvyat.
While Hartley finished 13th in his debut grand prix, impressing with his performance after some wheel to wheel battles in the race, Kvyat, meanwhile, also did well to score a point on his F1 return.
However, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have decided to give Hartley another chance in the car for Mexico. "It was tough out there, but it's been an awesome debut Grand Prix," said Hartley on Sunday after his debut race.
"It's all starting to sink in now and it won't be until I go to bed tonight and put my eyes at rest that I'll start to process everything... I didn't do the best of standing starts, but it's been a long time since I did one of those.
"After that, I was in many battles and I'm satisfied with my race – the pace was pretty strong, especially at the end. I think the only small mistake I made was getting overtaken by Stroll a quarter into the race, as I couldn't pass him back and he held me up a bit.
"So there's been lots of challenges, lots of things to learn and I hope I get another shot at it to put all these experiences into practice.
"I've enjoyed every single moment of this race weekend and I'd like to thank the whole team for this, it's been amazing," he said.
Having scored a point upon his return in a troubled season, Kvyat had hoped to keep his seat, but Red Bull's intentions seems clear that they are still not happy with his performance.
"My best race of the season for sure," said Kvyat after the race. "I'm very happy about the result and I did everything I could to bring the points home. I really enjoyed myself, it was a very clean and enjoyable race and overall a good job by the team.
"We kept it together with limited running and we still managed to get into the points. It's a pity I couldn't defend from Massa, but I had less grip with my soft tyre and we had some energy deployment issues so my straight-line speed was down.
"I came here with a fresh mindset, we shuffled some things in the team to give everyone some new motivation and some new focuses. Everything has been working fantastically this weekend and the race was just great."
For Gasly, it was a bittersweet weekend in Japan, as both the races were cancelled due to typhoon alert in Suzuka - with the Frenchman having to settle for second place in the championship.