Toro Rosso has confirmed that Pierre Gasly will make his Formula 1 debut for the team at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
With the Faenza-based team eager to evaluate Gasly on a race weekend, the team has elected to rest Daniil Kvyat for the next few races, although it stressed he remains part of the Red Bull family.
Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost said the decision to rest Kvyat came as the result of ongoing frustrations, which included a crash in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Speaking about the driver switch, Tost said: “Scuderia 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.