Gasly wants Hartley pairing in 2018

Gasly wants Hartley pairing in 2018

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Gasly wants Hartley pairing in 2018

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Pierre Gasly believes he and Brendon Hartley would be a well-matched partnership to drive Toro Rosso forward in 2018 as the pair await confirmation of their futures.

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has openly admitted there is “a high possibility” that Gasly and Hartley will be the driver line-up for next season, but confirmation of the seats is yet to be announced. After being closely matched with one another in Brazil, Gasly believes the level of performance, coupled with their different backgrounds, means the pair would complement each other well if selected.

“I think it would be pretty cool,” Gasly replied when asked by RACER if he’d like to be paired with Hartley next season. “He’s got a lot of experience with LMP1, so he can bring it to the team. I have different experience with Red Bull and the cars I have driven in the past, so I think it would be a good mix.

“He’s a really good guy as well. At the moment we get on very well together which is always good in a team. And he is fast, so I think it would be a really good fight inside the team. I would be excited if it can be like this next year.”

Hartley himself is hopeful that the reliability issues being faced by Toro Rosso are not hurting either his or Gasly’s hopes of impressing to secure a seat in 2018.

Asked if he had been told about Toro Rosso’s plans for next season, Hartley replied: “Not officially, no. Obviously I would love to be on the grid for next year, but for the moment it’s all about Abu Dhabi.

“Mexico, [it] would have been great to start in P11 or P12 where I feel like I could have qualified and not started at the back of the grid and had a chance to finish in the points; that would have been amazing. [In Brazil] we didn’t have the pace we had in Mexico and Austin so it’s a little bit frustrating, but I think the people that need to know are working within the team.

“I think it’s going very well and there are a lot of positives. So I think the people who need to know how it has been going will know.”

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