Sean Gelael to drive for Toro Rosso in four FP1 sessions

It has been confirmed that Sean Gelael will drive for Toro Rosso in four FP1 sessions for the remainder of 2017.

Sean Gelael of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Indonesia prepares to drive during day one of F1 in-season testing at Hungaroring on August 1, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Toro Rosso has confirmed that Sean Gelael will participate in four practice one sessions for the remainder of this season. The driver, who is backed by the Indonesian branch of KFC, previously drove for the Red Bull Junior Team at F1’s in-season test at Hungary.

Sean Gelael to drive for Toro Rosso in four FP1 sessions

Gelael will make appearances at Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Mexico, and it is currently unknown if he will place Daniil Kvyat or Carlos Sainz Jr in each session. The Indonesian racer currently competes in Formula 2 for Arden, and has had a best finish of ninth place in 2017. This has left him in 17th in the Drivers’ Championship.

The 20 year old thanked Toro Rosso for the opportunity: “What an amazing opportunity,” he said. “First of all, I want to thank everyone who made this possible and most importantly for the belief they have shown in me. It is an honour 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.”

While four FP1 sessions is good for Gelael, one man who is missing out is Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing’s reserve driver who won the GP2 championship last season. Questions have to be raised as to why Gasly has not been given this opportunity instead, being backed by the energy drinks giant.
Main Photo
Embed from Getty Images

Previous articleRed Bull drop Niko Kari from driver program
Next articleForce India threaten Perez and Ocon with race bans
Studying Media and Communications at Oxford Brookes University, Chris began writing for Last Word On Sports in March 2016. In the May of the same year, he was appointed as Associate Editor for the Motorsport department. Chris has since been appointed as the Department Head for Motorsport, being appointed in July 2016. Chris has a passion for Formula 1 and is a keen follower of Formula 2. It is his dream to become a Journalist or a Press Officer in the sport that he loves after graduating from university.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.