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Gelael handed four FP1 runs with Toro Rosso including USGP

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Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael will continue his Formula 1 development with Toro Rosso by taking part in four practice sessions at grands prix between now and the end of the season.

Gelael, 20, got his first taste of F1 machinery back in April at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, filling Toro Rosso’s young driver allocation.

The Indonesian appeared once again in last month’s running at the Hungaroring, and will next feature in opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 15.

Gelael will also get to sample the STR12 car on a grand prix weekend at Sepang in Malaysia, the Circuit of The Americas ahead of the United States Grand Prix, and finally in Mexico one week later.

“What an amazing opportunity! I want to thank everyone who made this possible and most importantly for the belief they have shown in me,” Gelael said.

“It is an honor to be driving in Formula 1, starting in Singapore and Malaysia, two venues that are so close to my home country, Indonesia.

“I will use the opportunity to absorb like a sponge everything I can and learn as much as possible. I hope I can do a good job for Scuderia Toro Rosso and provide the team with good data from these important first sessions.”

Geleael made his debut in the F2 category in 2015 when it was GP2, claiming four points finishes during that period, the highlight being a run to P2 in last year’s Austria feature race.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”