Brendon Hartley, from world champion to a Toro Rosso


Brendon Hartley could not suspect when he was ‘banished’ from the Red Bull Junior Team, the most demanding Program of Young Pilots that exists, is that this movement was going to be their very first step towards the Formula 1. Sometimes the shortest path to a goal is not straight and the new zealander has had to curtirse away from the orbit of Red Bull to call the attention of the team that saw him grow. Now, Hartley made his debut with Toro Rosso and is a strong candidate to be a pilot of the team of Faenza in the season 2018, all with two titles of world champion of the resistance under the arm.

Little or nothing remains of that kid pecoso of 18 years in February 2008 he had his first experience in Formula 1 with the Toro Rosso STR3. His appearance until the eve of the category was completed in 2009, when Hartley was elected as the reserve driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso. However, the problems with the superlicencia, the hatching of Alguersuari and Ricciardo in the orbit of the computer and the discrete results of Hartley in the F3 and in particular in the Formula Renault 3.5 was sentenced to new zealand. he Was expelled from the Young driver Program of Red Bull in the mid 2010.

After competing with Charouz Racing in 2011 in Formula Renault 3.5, Brendon Hartley ended his time in single-seaters and reoriented its efforts towards the world of resistance. He made his debut in the WEC with an Oreca 03-Nissan of Murphy Prototypes in 2012, the year in which he played three rounds of the contest in LMP2, took part in his first Le Mans 24 Hours and also debuted in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). With a similar programme, who joined their presence in what is now the IMSA, you ended up to consolidate, in the world of the resistance in 2013.


His good work drew the attention of Porsche Motorsport, who joined Brendon Hartley to be one of the pilots of the newborn program in LMP1. The new zealander was one of the managers to make its debut with the Porsche 919 Hybrid. teamed with Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber, peers would remain until the withdrawal of the australian in 2016. Three years in which Hartley joined together at both eight wins and seven podiums, results that earned him to exit champion of the world in 2015. During this season, with Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber has won its first 24 Hours of Le Mans, in addition to adding his second title.

With two titles of world champion of resistance and a victory in the 24 Hour of Le Mans, the doors of the Formula 1 have finally opened for Brendon Hartley, who replaced Pierre Gasly in the Us GP and went on to be one of the two official drivers of Toro Rosso in Mexico. In front has two Big Prizes before the end of the season, although it is very likely that Hartley is one of the pilots Toro Rosso in 2018. A final ‘happy’ for a story that began with a dismissal almost unfair. Things of the Formula 1.