Pierre Gasly, Red Bull’s reserve driver could make his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso as early as Malaysia Grand Prix this year.
Carlos Sainz move to Renault is yet to be officially announced but sources confirm the deal is already finalized and contracts signed. Sources also say that Renault is keen to put Sainz to race a bit earlier than wait for the season end. He is expected to replace Jolyon Palmer at Renault Racing.
According to Motorsport.com, Sainz will be on loan from Red Bull to Renault for the whole of 2018 season. However, Renault is pushing for an early entry for the Spaniard.
Final dates for the switch are not yet confirmed but the situation will be clear in the next few days says Gasly.
Galsy said, “Yeah, I know there are few things going on at the moment,”. Co incidentally, Galsy took his second Super Formula victory of the season in Japan last weekend.
“We will see in the next couple of days what will happen. For me, it will be amazing. It’s been my dream and I’ve been working really hard to get there.
“I’m still pushing every day to make it happen. So for me, it will be unbelievable.
“This weekend I wanted to focus on my weekend and do the best I could. Now, we have a few days until the next race, and Malaysia will arrive quickly. Let’s see how it goes. Hopefully, I can be there.”
Gasly is scheduled for his next super formula race a weekend before Malaysian GP. The final race will be held in Suzuka on the same weekend as US Grand Prix, 22 October.
The Frenchman is now ranked second in the championship standing after his second consecutive win.
“It feels amazing. Second, win in a row and it’s the fifth weekend of the season. It’s just amazing,” he said.
“I’ve really worked hard with the team to get better and all the hard work starts to pay off so I’m really happy and just starting to love more and more Super Formula.
“You know it’s amazing when you have the performance and when you can fight for top positions. Of course, you enjoy racing even more. It’s been a great weekend.
“I think there are still things that we can improve but to be in this position second time and second win in a row it’s a great feeling.”
Jolyon Palmer has been Renault’s full-time driver since 2016. This season he is ranked 19th in the driver’s standing and is yet to score a single race point.
Rumours about Palmer being replaced has been circulating since British Grand Prix this year. In August Cyril Abiteboul made veiled reference that Palmer’s future is in his hands.
Compared to his team mate Nico Hulkenberg, Palmer is an underperformer. So it is only practical for Renault to salvage the rest of the season by replacing him with Sainz.