Brendon Hartley has been chosen over Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso to partner Pierre Gasly for the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.

Hartley subbed in for Gasly, who went to contest the Super Formula championship decider at Suzuka only for it to be cancelled due to a Typhoon hitting Japan, and was unsure of his future at the Italian team having finished his F1 debut 14th at the United States Grand Prix.

Kvyat, who was called in as Carlos Sainz Jr’s replacement for the US race having been dropped in favour of Gasly since the Malaysia Grand Prix, scored a point on his F1 comeback but it hasn’t been enough to retain his race seat with Hartley being the preferred candidate for Mexico alongside Gasly.

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It marks Toro Rosso's third different driver pairings in as many races, while it is also one of the least experiences partnerships with Hartley on one F1 race start and Gasly on two starts.

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Wow! Life can be cruel. Still. Gasly is the future and running Harley for one or two races allows TR to properly assess his potential. Kvyat? He can be quick but he is prone to error and his negative comments must be exhausting to the team. 

Good for him, looking forward to seeing him on track again. This time he probably won't know the track but will at least know the car a bit better. For a guy that never raced in F1, i think he did real good over the weekend. Also nice to see a fresh face in the paddock that doesn't moan and whine and is really grateful to be there.

I think it’s a good call by torro rosso, bearing in mind he has never been in an F1 car he showed that he has a natural talent. Very well deserved 

Well I mean he did win the 6 hours of Mexico with Porsche, I think he knows the track fine. 

Great opportunity for Brendan, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is quicker than Gasly by end of year 

I think it’s a good call by torro rosso, bearing in mind he has never been in an F1 he showed that he has a natural talent. Very well deserved 

So what happens about his engine + bits allocation?

Hartley is presumably now in place of Sainz whereas in Austin he was in place of Gasly. Hmmm... gets a bit complicated!

If there's a penalty coming up for that car, he'll inherit it too. Like anyone of us would if we got a call to drive.