Kiwi Hartley on cusp of debut in F1

It is also believed he is close to a deal to race for Chip Ganassi in IndyCar next year, meaning there are contractual issues to be ironed out before his Austin appearance can be confirmed.

Kiwi takes pole position for drive at US Grand Prix, writes Dale Budge.

According to Autosport, Gasly will return to Super Formula next week to battle for the title with the Frenchman trailing Hiroaki Ishiura by half a point.

The Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso Formula One team could be facing yet another driver change amid uncertainty about Pierre Gasly's availability for next week's U.S.

Who that replacement is, though, has yet to be revealed.

"This opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise, but I never did give up on my ambition and childhood dream to reach F1".

Brendon Hartley, 26, returns home after winning endurance championship alongside Porsche teammates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.

The 2017 Le Mans victor has emerged as a front-runner to gain the US Grand Prix audition after years as a reserve driver and time in the junior programme with the Red Bull team.

He went on to fashion a terrific record in GT racing, including his win with the Porsche factory team at Le Mans this year.

Hartley, meanwhile, will become the ninth New Zealander to race in F1, but the first since Mike Thackwell in 1984. "I'm trying not to put too many expectations on my F1 debut, but I feel ready for it".

With that in mind, Toro Rosso and Red Bull have lined up Buemi, who raced for Red Bull's junior team between 2009 and 2011, to step in if a deal for Hartley can not be agreed.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to drive for a Formula 1 team in the United States Grand Prix before accepting a full-contract for next season.

"Brendon is coming as the reigning 24h Le Mans victor and he's also leading the current FIA LMP1 World Endurance Championship, which he won in 2015 as well. With all the racing experience accumulated over the years, we are convinced that he will do a fantastic job for us".

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