Toro Rosso confirm Brendon Hartley for the United States GP

Toro Rosso confirm Brendon Hartley for the United States GP

Team principal Franz Tost commented: "Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that Brendon Hartley, who has been part of the Red Bull family for a long time in different classes, as well as the test and reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, will now be back racing for us in Austin".

He tested for the Red Bull team back in 2009 and was a junior driver but it appeared his chances of competing in Formula 1 dried up.

The 27-year-old was rumoured to be in talks with the Italian F1 team but complications around his availability were also being factored in until the team announced this morning they had signed Hartley for the race.

The news caps a fantastic 12 months for Hartley after his win at the renowned 24-hour Le Mans race for Porsche in June, and he now leads the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Hartley, 27, will be the ninth Kiwi to get behind the wheel of an F1 vehicle and the first since Mike Thackwell in 1984 when he replaces Frenchman Pierre Gasly at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track in Austin, the Red Bull-owned team said.

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

After being named official reserve driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2008, and testing twice for the latter, a move to British Formula 3 followed, where he finished third ahead of Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson.

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Hartley says the years he missed out on F1 made him more determined to make this opportunity a reality.

"The Austin track is one I really enjoy and one I have raced at recently".

After a loss of backing, Hartley had sporadic appearances in GP2 and another frustrating season in Formula Renault 3.5 before an appearance with Mercedes at the 2012 young driver test at Paul Ricard.

It could be a busy two weeks for Hartley as he'll be racing with Porsche at Fuji in the World Endurance Championship, and competing for the category's title.

Here's why it's taken Hartley so long to get onto the grid.

We also reported that the list of potential one-off replacements for Gasly was vast, featuring Robert Kubica, Sergey Sirotkin, Sebastien Buemi and even Takuma Sato and Indycar champion Josef Newgarden.

"He was always looking to go quicker and look what he has got now".

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