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Kvyat out; Hartley to finish F1 season with Toro Rosso

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Brendon Hartley will see out the Formula 1 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s Dr. Helmut Marko has confirmed on Wednesday.

Speaking to Germany’s Auto Bild, Marko confirmed the team will not have Daniil Kvyat back on board, which paves the way for Red Bull to either drop him entirely from its future plans or assign him to another championship.

“Kvyat will not return again. We do not believe he can make the turnaround in the long-term,” Marko said, via Crash.net.

“Gasly and Hartley are finishing the season. Then we’ll see.”

The move sets Hartley up for a world tour of races and series and still five more races in as many weeks to come, after completing three in the last three as part of his whirlwind 2017 season.

Hartley’s continued F1 bow has, inadvertently, thrown a curveball to the IndyCar silly season as well.

In order, this has been/will be Hartley’s schedule:

  • October 7, Petit Le Mans, IMSA, Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi
  • October 15, Japan, FIA World Endurance Championship, Porsche 919 Hybrid
  • October 22, United States, Formula 1, Toro Rosso
  • October 29, Mexico, F1, Toro Rosso
  • November 5, China, FIA WEC, Porsche
  • November 12, Brazil, F1, Toro Rosso
  • November 18, Bahrain, FIA WEC, Porsche
  • November 26, Abu Dhabi, F1, Toro Rosso

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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