Red Bull "lost confidence" in Kvyat, says Tost

Brendon Hartley speaks to Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko at the US Grand Prix

Autosport has now learned that line-up will remain unchanged for the last two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as Toro Rosso looks to finalise its 2018 driver plans.

Horner was particularly impressed with Hartley, having come up through Red Bull's junior program and succeeding in sports cars after the F1 ladder didn't pan out into a F1 drive the first time around.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat (26) of Russian Federation during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.

Gasly made his Formula 1 debut in the Malaysian Grand Prix in place of the now dropped Daniil Kvyat, while Hartley joined the team ahead of the United States Grand Prix thanks to Carlos Sainz Jr. moving to the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team, and Tost, team principal of the Faenza-based team, says the Frenchman and the New Zealander are likely to form Toro Rosso's line-up for next year.

It is the third time that Kvyat has been dropped by Red Bull and it remains to be seen whether he returns, with the 23-year-old Russian seemingly no longer in the company's long-term plans.

"I think it's clear that the pressure gets higher", he told reporters.

"I think it testimony to him, his determination and tenacity and skill and talent that he's got himself back into a position that he's been selected to be in the Toro Rosso auto", said Horner. He had last driven a Formula One auto in 2010.

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Mexico has particular resonance to his compatriots as the circuit where the late Denny Hulme won the championship 50 years ago.

"I learned a lot in Austin".

"I'm pretty focused on this weekend, putting everything I learned from Austin into practice".

"This weekend, I think I'll have the capacity to play a bit more with the auto and to understand it a bit more ― there was a lot to focus on last week". These cars are tough, very tricky to drive.

Handicapped by a grid penalty before he'd even stepped in the auto, the Kiwi was retained for this weekend's race, even though Gasly was back on F1 duty and Daniil Kvyat had scored a point finish in Austin.

A Le Mans victor and world endurance champion with Porsche, Hartley said he had plenty of experience of handling pressure with a big team geared up for one race above all others.

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