Norris committed to McLaren as Toro Rosso make an approach

Lando Norris approached by Toro Rosso for rest of F1 season

Lando Norris approached by Toro Rosso for rest of F1 season

Hartley said that he has not yet discussed the reports with team principal Franz Tost, adding: "To be honest with you, I'm focused on this weekend, it doesn't even make sense for me to have the conversation".

But another candidate could be Daniil Kvyat, who after his departure from Toro Rosso has suddenly turned up in the Montreal paddock.

It then emerged earlier this week that McLaren had rejected an offer from Toro Rosso to place its reserve driver and F2 points leader Norris in an STR13 over Hartley.

The New Zealand driver was quizzed about the reports during a press conference ahead of this weekend's Formula One Canadian Grand Prix but Hartley refused to be drawn into the rumours.

McLaren blocking this move makes complete sense, as their future is at the front of their minds right now and they do not want to lose Norris to the Red Bull Racing junior team, especially seeing as how it is believed that Toro Rosso wanted to extend what would have been a temporary deal for Norris to finish out this season into next season, when he could potentially drive full-time for the team and become a legitimate candidate to move to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in the near future.

"I know what my contract says, I'm very confident in the work I've been doing for Toro Rosso behind the scenes to develop the vehicle", Hartley said. "There always seem to be rumours in Formula One".

His teammate Pierre Gasly sits in 11th place with 18 points. I know I have the ability to be here and doing a good job in Formula 1.

"This is the second weekend I've been asked about rumours".

Former F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for Hartley.

"Things didn't really go my way in Monaco in qualifying, but I felt very strong all weekend".

Hartley, who outqualified his teammate in two of the six grand prix weekends in 2018, believes his pace this year has not been reflected in his results.

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