Date published: January 8 2019
Brendon Hartley won’t be taking up a role as Ferrari’s test or simulator driver; that’s according to the New Zealander’s father.
Axed by Toro Rosso at the end of the 2018 season, Hartley was left without a race drive for the upcoming season.
He has, however, been linked to Ferrari with Italy’s Corriere dello Sport claiming he is a leading candidate to replace Daniil Kvyat as the Scuderia’s test driver.
“It’s just rumours,” Hartley’s father Bryan told Newshub.
The 29-year-old has already re-signed with Porsche for the 2019 season, rejoining the factory driver programme.
According to reports his contract does give him room to explore Formula 1 options should any arise.
Hartley, though, looks done with F1 at least for now.
“I would love to tell the story one day,” he said of his STR axing in an interview Newstalk ZB.
“The politics I don’t enjoy. It took me some time to get used to the extra media attention.
“What I will say is Formula One is very complicated, there’s a lot of money involved, politics and some of the reasons why drivers stay or leave isn’t always in your control or of reasons for pure performance.
“In any case, I left the paddock with my head held high. I knew I’d given it my best shot this year. I knew that I’d stepped up to the plate when I needed to.”