Brazilian Grand Prix – Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will continue racing together in 2020, as Toro Rosso have confirmed their line-up for next season.
The Toro Rosso team will field an unchanged driver line-up for 2020, as they have confirmed Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat for another season.
This confirmation will serve as a welcome boost for Pierre Gasly, whose had a pretty rough year with Red Bull. Having driven for Toro Rosso in 2018, he did enough to secure a promotion to the senior team for this season. However, he was comprehensively eclipsed by Max Verstappen and, plagued by lacklustre performances and several crashes, he was dropped back to Toro Rosso for the Belgian Grand Prix onwards.
That move seems to have steadied the ship for the young Frenchman as he has since been very impressive with several points finishes.
“I’m really happy to continue with the team for 2020 and I’m sure we have exciting challenges ahead of us.” said Gasly. “Toro Rosso has always given me the best chances to perform every season and I’m super motivated and dedicated to repaying them with the best results possible next year. Toro Rosso has been improving year after year and it’s great to be a part of the journey. I’m very excited to see what we can achieve together in 2020.”
It’s a similer fillip for Daniil Kvyat. The Russian driver had been dropped entirely from Red Bull at the end of 2017 and spent a year with Ferrari as a development and simulator driver. He was then rehired for Toro Rosso for 2019 and has looked a rejuvenated man as he has been consistently quick and scored the team’s second ever podium at this year’s German Grand Prix.
“It’s great to be confirmed with the team for 2020.” said Kvyat. “I’m really happy because I feel very comfortable with everyone here, I know the team and they know me very well, so it’s easy to understand everyone’s needs. We’ve achieved great things together, like our podium this year in Germany, so I hope to deliver a very strong season again for this team next year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue in Formula 1 and I will give it my all to show the best possible performances next year. I’m really looking forward to more exciting times together.”
Team boss Franz Tost, who has been a vocal supporter of both drivers, said he was delighted to have continuity at his team, which looks almost certain to be renamed Alpha Tauri for 2020.
“I’m delighted to retain Pierre and Daniil for next season.” said Tost. “Both drivers have shown really good performances this season and they have proven in their years in F1 to be very competitive, able to exploit the car’s potential and give valuable feedback to make improvements. This young but experienced duo, combined with hopefully a competitive car, will be the best factors to achieve a very successful season in 2020 and I’m looking forward to this extended cooperation.”