After the rapid and unpredictable debut in Formula 1 the New Zealander has leave championship the same rapidly. Unfortunately, it’s not the only example of «one-season driver» in Red Bull system. However, Brendon’s racing career isn’t about the end, opposite, the driver has many plans for this season.
First of all, Brendon is still F1 driver, and just imagen of what team. Few days ago, Scuderia Ferrari announced its development drivers, among which was Hartley’s name. This year four drivers got the chance to be development drivers of Ferrari, this is Brendon Hartley, Pascal Wehrlein, Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon. Fuoco and Rigon are already in the Scuderia system: Antonio is the participant of Ferrari Academy, and Davide has been working on the Ferrari simulator since 2014.
Paradoxically, but this season Brendon will be replaced in Toro Rosso by Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, who has come the same way last year. After the retirement from Toro Rosso and Red Bull program Kvyat joined Ferrari and worked with the team simulator. And now he comes back to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso and Red Bull. It looks a little bit weird, but this cycle of Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s drivers, seem, work out well. So, who knows, maybe next year we’ll see Hartley as a current driver again.
Moreover, Brendon isn’t going to stop on work with Ferrari. The driver will race in two stages of WEC with Russian team SMP Racing, replacing Jenson Button. The New Zealander will perform in the crew of the car #11, alongside with Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov.
Jenson Button won’t be able to take part in races in Sebring and Spa due the performs in Super GT championship. Then Jenson will come back to the team to race in the final stage, marathon 24 hours of Le Mans.
Remind you, that Hartley have already performed in the championship with Porsche, in the top category LMP1. During four seasons in WEC he became a world champion twice, and also won 24 hours of Le Mans with Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard in 2017.