|P.o.B.||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|D.o.B.||10 November 1989|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2019 Diriyah E-Prix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||5 (5 Starts)|
Brendon Hartley (born 10 November 1989) is a New Zealand born racing driver, set to make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut at the start of the 2019/20 season with GEOX DRAGON. A two time World Endurance Championship Champion and former Formula One driver, Hartley had previous FE experience serving as a development driver for Porsche, before obtaining his DRAGON drive prior to the 2019/20 campaign.
Hartley's career began at the age of six, with the Kiwi entering his first go-kart race in his native New Zealand. His first taste of single seater car racing came at the age of eleven, with Hartley fast tracked into Formula Vee the following season. A successful first season for Harley saw the Kiwi earn a spot in the Formula Ford Festival of New Zealand, which the youngster duly won at the age of 13.
Red Bull Racer
Hartley's first season of Formula Ford proved to be a successful one, with the Kiwi ending the season second in the national New Zealand Championship. His efforts earned him enough sponsorship for a campaign in the maiden Toyota Racing Series in 2005. After finishing third in the inaugural TRS season, Hartley and his family contacted Red Bull for sponsorship money, with the Kiwi signing a contract in early 2006.
Hartley would outgrow New Zealand in 2006, moving away from his family to join the Formula Renault NEC and Eurocup series at the age of fifteen. His first seasons in both would see him finish mid-table, with a switch to the full Red Bull Formula Renault team in 2007. The Kiwi would win the Eurocup that season, while also claiming third in the Italian Formula Renault series. His efforts also earned him a couple of runs in Formula 3 at the season ending Macau Grand Prix.
Hartley would be officially listed as the Toro Rosso test driver in 2008, although his efforts were still based in the junior categories. His maiden campaign in the British Formula 3 Championship saw the Kiwi end the season third, with first appearances in the Euro Series, and a podium spot in Macau. The Kiwi would dedicate himself to the Euro Series full time the following season, as well as a run in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Unfortunately for Hartley, his arrival in Formula Renault 3.5 would come at the series' peak in terms of talent, meaning he failed to win a single race between 2009 and 2011. His decline saw Red Bull's interest decline, with their backing officially dropped at the end of 2010. Without Red Bull backing Hartley's career took a turn for the worse, with the Kiwi only appearing in a handful of races throughout 2012.
Yet, Hartley proved to be among one of the mentally strongest young drivers in the world during 2012, and after securing a maiden start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a simulator role with Mercedes, would begin to rebuild his career in sportscars. A seat was found in the European Le Mans Series, with the Kiwi performing excellently on his debut to earn a maiden podium. Hartley also made a number of appearances in the final edition of the Rolex Sports Car Series in the United States, also picking up a win.
For 2014, Hartley was signed up to the new factory Porsche LMP1 team in the FIA World Endurance Championship, taking part in the full WEC season. Although he would end his maiden WEC season winless, the Kiwi was re-signed in 2015, and would go on to dominate the season. Four wins in eight races, as well as a podium finish at Le Mans, earned the Kiwi his first World Championship crown alongside ex-F1 racer Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.
Hartley's revived form carried through to 2016, although the Kiwi's four wins alongside Bernhard and Webber that season were not enough to see them lift the crown. Another four win run followed in 2017, with the Porsche #2 car taking the first four wins of the season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to win the Championship with a race to go. Hartley would also claim a victory in the United SportsCar Championship, and successfully revive his F1 career.
Hartley had signed a contract to drive in the Indy Car Series for 2018, although that contract was broken by mutual agreement after the Kiwi was offered a drive in F1 for the year. However, after a largely overshadowed maiden F1 campaign, Hartley would be dropped by the Red Bull squad at the end of the 2018 season, prior to signing a deal with Ferrari as a test and simulator driver for 2019.
Formula E History
Hartley's first taste of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship came amid the news of Porsche joining the series, with the New Zealander signed up as a development driver. Hartley duly partnered Neel Jani in the primary testing and development of the first Porsche FE car, only to be overlooked for a full FE drive in favour of former WEC teammate André Lotterer. Hartley would, however, be retained as a Porsche test/development driver, before obtaining a drive with GEOX DRAGON for the 2019/20 season.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Brendon Hartley's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Brendon Hartley during their FE career:
|Brendon Hartley's Overall Formula E Record|
|2019/20||GEOX DRAGON||6||Penske EV-4|
Below is a table showing Brendon Hartley's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- Sam Smith, 'FORMULA E: GEOX Dragon Signs Hartley for 2019-20', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 08/08/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/geox-dragon-signs-hartley-for-2019-20/, (Accessed 08/08/2019)
- 'Brendon Hartley', porsche.com, (Porsche GmbH, 2019), https://www.porsche.com/international/motorsportandevents/motorsport/formulae/worksdrivers/hartley/, (Accessed 21/07/2019)
- Jamie Klien, Gary Watkins, 'Shanghai WEC: Porsche seals both titles despite Toyota win', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 05/11/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/shanghai-wec-porsche-seals-both-titles-despite-toyota-win-974831/?s=1, (Accessed 11/12/2017)
- John Hindhaugh, Nick Daman, Tim Gray, 'Midweek Motorsport: Series 12 Episode 39', radiolemans.com, (Radio Show Ltd., 18/10/2017), http://www.radiolemans.co/2017/10/18/midweek-motorsport-series-12-episode-39/, (Accessed 15/12/2017), Podcast Audio
- John Dagys, 'Porsche Wins Bahrain, Claims Drivers Championship in Thriller', sportscar365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 21/11/2015), http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/porsche-wins-race-claims-drivers-title-in-bahrain-thriller/, (Accessed 15/12/2017)
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- 'Hartley's IndyCar deal had Formula 1 clause', speedcafe.com, (SpeedCafe, 02/11/2017), https://www.speedcafe.com/2017/11/02/hartleys-indycar-deal-formula-1-clause/, (Accessed 15/12/2017)
- 'Four drivers for Scuderia Ferrari simulator', formula1.ferrari.com, (Scuderia Ferrari SpA, 04/02/2019), https://formula1.ferrari.com/en/four-drivers-for-scuderia-ferrari-simulator/, (Accessed 21/08/2019)
- 'Lotterer leaves DS Techeetah to complete Porsche driver line up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/lotterer-moves-to-porsche, (Accessed 17/07/2019)