Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat have been confirmed as Toro Rosso drivers for the 2020 Formula 1 season when the team races as Alpha Tauri next year.

Gasly initially began the year at Red Bull having earned a promotion to the works outfit, but a difficult 12-race period saw him replaced with Alexander Albon for the remainder of 2019 mid-season.

The Frenchman has endured a successful return to the Fazena-based outfit, scoring points in four of the last seven races.

Kvyat too has impressed in his first season since he was acrimoniously dropped from the Red Bull programme in 2017.

A momentous drive to third in a wet-dry German Grand Prix saw the Russian gift Toro Rosso its first podium finish in 11 years.

Speaking on the decision to retain the pair for 2020, team boss Franz Tost said: “I’m delighted to retain Pierre and Daniil for next season.

“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.”

Reacting to his stay with Toro Rosso for another campaign, Gasly said: “I’m really happy to continue with the team for 2020 and I’m sure we have exciting challenges ahead of us.

“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.”

Kvyat added: “It’s great to be confirmed with the team for 2020. 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.”

The team recently announced it will compete under Red Bull’s clothing line Alpha Tauri from 2020 onwards, bringing an end to the Toro Rosso name after 13 years.