Porsche factory driver and 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Brendon Hartley was hired by Red Bull Racing's Toro Rosso team to drive in the United States Grand Prix this past weekend. The drive was originally meant to be a one-off to fill in for Pierre Gasly, but now, it looks like Hartley will be sticking around for at least one more race.
According to , Hartley will be back this weekend alongside Gasly for the Mexico Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat, who raced at COTA, will be sidelined for the second time this season.
Hartley qualified 18th and finished 13th on Sunday, having only three practice sessions in the team's STR12 car beforehand. Although Kvyat finished 10th and in the points, he has been out of favor a few times this season, replaced by other drivers auditioning for a seat in 2018.
Fortunately for Hartley, none of the remaining F1 races this season clash with his Porsche World Endurance Championship obligations, meaning he could, in theory, finish out the rest of the 2017 F1 season with Toro Rosso.
And fortunately for Max Verstappen, he has won in two races where Kvyat was replaced or removed. Maybe that trend will continue this weekend.