Kiwi Hartley gets 'dream' Toro Rosso start

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With enough super licence points to race in F1, Hartley is now contracted to Porsche and competing in the World Endurance Championship, where he could win the title this weekend at Fuji, Japan.

Should he compete in the race he will become New Zealand's first F1 driver since Mike Thackwell in 1984.

"The Austin track is one I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently".

That has opened up the door for the under-performing Kvyat to return but Gasly may now miss Texas because the U.S. Grand Prix clashes with the decisive round of the Japanese Super Formula series at Suzuka.

When a teenage Hartley first came to Europe from his native New Zealand, Kvyat was a 12-year-old racing karts in Russian Federation.

Brendon Hartley started racing as a kid and by the age of 17 was racing n the British Formula 3 Championship.

"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". In the June of this year he won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours with Earl Bamber and Bernhard.

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Porsche 919 World Endurance Championship driver Brendon Hartley will fill Sainz's empty Toro Rosso seat at the Circuit of the Americas next week, Toro Rosso announced today.

The other vehicle will be driven by Daniil Kvyat, who returns after being dropped in favour of Gasly two races ago.

Now we finally get to see how Hartley can perform in an F1 seat, which Hartley described as a "childhood dream" that's finally coming true in Toro Rosso's announcement.

Frenchman Gasly joined Toro Rosso just two weeks ago from the Super Formula Championship to take the place of the struggling Daniil Kvyat, and as he trails the lead by a mere half-point, will contest the last race of the season in Japan on the same day as the Austin GP.

Hartley has floated around the Red Bull teams for years as the official driver in 2009 and 2010 before being dropped to the junior programme.

Hartley, this year's Le Mans 24 Hours victor and a world endurance champion, will add his name to a roll call of Kiwi Formula One drivers that now ends with Mike Thackwell in 1984.

"With all the racing experience accumulated over the years, we are convinced that he will do a fantastic job for us", Tost said.

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