Toro Rosso has confirmed that Pierre Gasly will be replacing Daniil Kvyat for the next few races. Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost said the decision came as the result of ongoing frustrations with Kvyat, including a crash in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Tost said: "Toro Rosso was established by Red Bull to bring youngsters from its junior programme into Formula 1 and that's what we are doing by giving Pierre this chance.
"He is the next in line at Red Bull for this opportunity and he has shown that he deserves it, having taken the 2016 GP2 title and this year being very competitive in the Super Formula series in Japan.
"He really has a valid chance of winning the title, as he is only half a point behind the leader.
"The driver switch gives us an opportunity to make a more informed decision regarding our 2018 driver choices.
"For a variety of reasons, some of them due to technical problems, but others being mistakes of his own making, Daniil has not really shown his true potential so far this year, which is why we are standing him down for the next races.
"This will give us the opportunity to evaluate Pierre on track during a proper race weekend."
Autosport.com has stated that Gasly will drive in Malaysia and Japan but the rest of the season is not so certain.