New Zealander Brendon Hartley will perform in the team Toro Rosso at the United States Grand Prix, replacing Pierre went Out, which will go to the final stage of Superformula in Suzuka.
In 2009 and 2010, Hartley was a participant in the Red Bull Junior and spent several test sessions, including STR. But later he was expelled from the program, that did not stop him to find themselves in endurance races. In the season of 2015 the new Zealander along with a buddy at the Porsche mark Webber and Timo Bernhard won the world championship on races on endurance.
“What an awesome feeling! – quoted by Hartley press-service of the Toro Rosso. I wasn’t expecting to get such an opportunity, but never abandoned his dream to be in F1.
I grew up and learned a lot from working with Red Bull and Toro Rosso. After going through a few hard years, I became stronger and stronger.
Want to say a huge thank you to Red Bull for the realization of this possibility, and Porsche for allowing me to combine this experience with the participation in the WEC.
I really like the track COTA. I spoke here recently. Try not to expect too much from a debut in F1, but I’m ready for it.”
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast said: “We are pleased to confirm that Brendon Hartley, who has long been part of the family of Red Bull in different categories, and was test-pilot of Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, will perform for our team in Austin.
Brandon is the current winner of the “24 hours of Le Mans” and also leads the championship WEC, which has already won in 2015. We are very happy that he is back in our team.
We are confident that the experience gained over the years, he’ll be fine.”
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