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Brendon Hartley, the world champion Toro Rosso

  • The doors of Formula 1 have been opened for Brendon Hartley after triumphing with Porsche Motorsport in the WEC.
  • With two titles of world champion strength and victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans lands Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso.

Brendon Hartley could not suspect when he was 'exiled' Red Bull Junior Team, the most demanding Young Drivers Program there, that movement It would be just the first step towards Formula 1. Sometimes the shortest path to a goal is not straight and New Zealand has had to toughen away from the orbit of Red Bull to draw attention to the team where he grew up. Now, Hartley made his debut with Toro Rosso and is a strong candidate to be a pilot Faenza team in the 2018 season, all with two world championship titles under his arm strength.

Little or nothing remains of that freckled lad of 18 which in February 2008 he had his first experience in F1 with Toro Rosso STR3. His emergence into the anteroom of the category was consummated in 2009 when Hartley was elected reserve driver Red Bull and Toro Rosso. However, problems with superlicense, the emergence of Alguersuari and Ricciardo in the orbit of the team and discrete Hartley results in F3 and especially in the Formula Renault 3.5 sentenced to New Zealand. He was expelled from Young Drivers Program of Red Bull in mid-2010.

After competing with Charouz Racing in 2011 Formula Renault 3.5, Brendon Hartley ended its stage in cars and reoriented their efforts towards the world resistance. He debuted in the WEC with an Oreca 03-Nissan Murphy Prototypes in 2012, year in which he played three rounds of the competition in LMP2, He took part in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans and also he debuted in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). With a similar program, which joined its presence in what is now the IMSA, he finished consolidating in the world of resistance in 2013.

Their good work caught the attention of Porsche Motorsport, who joined Brendon Hartley to make it one of the pilots newborn LMP1 program. New Zealand was thus one of those responding to debut the Porsche 919 Hybrid. He teamed with Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber, colleagues who remain until the withdrawal of the Australian in 2016. Three years when Hartley joined with two eight wins and seven podiums, results that earned him to leaving world champion in 2015. During this season, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber, has won its first 24 Hours of Le Mans, while adding a second title.

With two titles of world champion strength and victory in the 24 Hour of Le Mans, the gates of Formula 1 are finally opened to Brendon Hartley, I am replacing Pierre Gasly in the US Grand Prix and became one of the two official drivers of Toro Rosso in Mexico. Ahead has two grands prix before the end of the season, although it is very likely that Hartley is one of the drivers of Toro Rosso in 2018. A 'happy' ending to a story that began with an almost unfair dismissal. Things of Formula 1.