United States Grand Prix: Robert Kubica could have a crack at a Formula 1 race next time out at the United States Grand Prix, amid speculation that Honda wants Gasly to contest at the Super Formula finale in Japan.
Following speculation in the paddock, Toro Rosso may be facing a driver dilemma, as the team have released Carlos Sainz to go the Renault, with just Daniil Kvyat and Gasly available to race, out of which sources indicate that Honda wants Gasly to contest for the championship at Super Formula’s season finale in Suzuka, which is on the same weekend of the US GP at the Circuit of the Americas.
A source close to F1 Hub indicates that Robert Kubica is one of the candidates Toro Rosso is considering to sub-in for the US Grand Prix in Gasly needs to contest in Super Formula, given the team have no drivers at its disposal. This test could be of key importance to the Williams Formula 1 team, who are keen to fully evaluate whether Kubica is ready to return to F1 full time from 2018, as the team have currently planned a test in a 2014 cars, wherein the Pole will contest in a shootout with former Force India driver Paul di Resta.
Toro Rosso has confirmed that there is a plan should Gasly stay in Japan for Super Formula, and other candidates are believed to be American Alexander Rossi — who has before raced at the Circuit of the Americas for Manor — as well as drivers who have raced this year – Paul di Resta and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Gasly: If I can race in Austin that would be even more amazing
Pierre Gasly has admitted that he would rather contest in the United States Grand Prix than contest in Super Formula’s finale in Japan, despite a championship there for the taking in Super Formula.
“A title is always important,” said Gasly.
“After winning GP2 if I can win Super Formula that would be great.
“But if I can race in Austin that would be even more amazing. We will see.
“If I can finish the year in F1 I will finish the year in F1.
“It’s my final target, it’s exactly where I want to be – in Formula 1.
“It would be really useful experience.
“I keep learning in the car and feeling more confident so every lap I can get with the team will be useful for the future.”