New Zealander Brendon Hartley will make his Formula 1 debut at the American Grand Prix next weekend with Toro Rosso.
The Porsche WEC driver will deputise for Pierre Gasly, who will compete in the final Super Formula race in Japan in hopes of winning the title.
Hartley, 27, was a reserve driver back in 2009 and 2010 for both Toro Rosso and its sister team Red Bull, but was dropped shortly after. He has since described the call as “an amazing feeling,”
“This opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise, but I never did give up on my ambition and childhood dream to reach F1,” he enthused.
“I have grown and learnt so much since the days when I was the Red Bull and Toro Rosso reserve driver, and the tough years I went through made me stronger and even more determined.
“COTA is a track I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently.
“I’m trying not to put too many expectations on my F1 debut, but I feel ready for it.”