Gasly to miss Austin F1 race for Super Formula

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Gasly to miss Austin F1 race for Super Formula
By: Lawrence Barretto
Oct 12, 2017, 10:23 AM

Pierre Gasly is set to contest the Super Formula title at Suzuka rather than race for Toro Rosso in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Motorsport.com has learned.

 Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
 Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
 Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso, talks to Carlos Sainz
Pierre Gasly, Team Mugen

Gasly, the 2016 GP2 champion, replaced Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso for Malaysia and Japan, the team announcing he would also stay on for Austin.

But Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko then suggested a final decision had yet to be made as to where Gasly would race during the weekend of 20-22 October.

Honda said it was its priority for Gasly to race in Austin, even if that meant it would sacrifice the Super Formula title to rival Toyota.

However, the Japanese manufacturer said it would welcome him back to Team Mugen if a replacement driver could be found for that race.

It has now emerged Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost is keen to run another driver in the second seat in Austin alongside Kvyat, as he weighs up his 2018 driver line-up.

As a result, it has been decided that Gasly, who trails Super Formula championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura by 0.5 points, will return to Team Mugen to contest the title.

Gasly, who is favourite to drive full-time for Toro Rosso next year, is then expected to return to F1 to contest the final three races - Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

It remains unclear who will replace Gasly at Toro Rosso in Austin.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pierre Gasly
Teams Toro Rosso Shop Now
Author Lawrence Barretto
Article type Breaking news