BRENDON HARTLEY

New Zealand
28
Nationality
New Zealander
Hometown
Palmerston North
Date of Birth
10/Nov/1989

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Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso

Meet BRENDON

Brendon Hartley, the ninth New Zealander to take part in a Formula 1 Grand Prix so far, started racing in karts at the age of 6. There was a certain degree of inevitability about it, because his father was a keen amateur racer and Brendon's elder brother also raced, possibly because his parents called him Nelson after triple F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.

Moving up to single-seaters, Hartley began racking up wins in a variety of series,…

Brendon Hartley, the ninth New Zealander to take part in a Formula 1 Grand Prix so far, started racing in karts at the age of 6. There was a certain degree of inevitability about it, because his father was a keen amateur racer and Brendon's elder brother also raced, possibly because his parents called him Nelson after triple F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.

Moving up to single-seaters, Hartley began racking up wins in a variety of series, including Formula Ford. But if you want to make a career of racing, you have to come to Europe, following in the footsteps of McLaren, Hulme et al. However, instead of taking the conventional route, moving to the UK or possibly Italy, a 16 year old Brendon found himself in East Germany: that's a massive dose of culture shock for a youngster from Palmerston North in New Zealand. He stuck at it, racing in the German and European Renault 2 litre championship and the first big win came when he was crowned champion in the 2007 World Series By Renault. The Macau GP for Formula 3 cars is regarded as an accurate litmus test of a driver's talent and in 2008, Hartley finished third from 20th on the grid and set the race fastest lap. That led to a phone call from Red Bull Racing asking him to stand in for an injured Mark Webber at a Formula 1 test. This led to him becoming a regular test driver in F1, including two days in a Toro Rosso at Jerez in 2009, but with no actual drives coming his way, single-seaters were put to one side.

Brendon turned his hand to a variety of different categories, culminating in his current really impressive career in Endurance Racing. In 2014, he was called up by the legendary Porsche team, partnering another former Red Bull driver, Mark Webber. The following year, along with team-mate Timo Bernhard, they finished second at the Le Mans 24 Hours and were crowned WEC LMP1 Champions at the end of the season. In 2017 Brendon added another very prestigious victory to his personal palmarès, by winning the Le Mans race.

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Abu Dhabi GP, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Posted on 22 November, 2017

Time for the Grand Finale

And so the Grand Finale of the 2017 season approaches, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, run at the Yas Marina circuit. Once that's out of the way, it will be time to pac...

Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly
Posted on 16 November, 2017

Pierre and Brendon to stay for... 2018!

Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that its driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 1 season will be the one formed by Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.

Scuderia Toro Rosso team, 2017 F1 Brazilian GP.
Posted on 14 November, 2017

19 down, one to go

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Pierre Gasly during the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix
Posted on 12 November, 2017

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Interlagos track, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Posted on 8 November, 2017

71 laps of F1 Fever

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Brazilian Grand Prix, Toro Rosso
Posted on 6 November, 2017

Brazilian Grand Prixview

Our drivers Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley give us their preview ahead of next week's Brazilian GP.

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