Toro Rosso Retain Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season

“Toro Rosso have confirmed they will retain Brendon Hartley for the 2018 Formula 1 season,” as reported in an article on BBC.

“It’s very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that came as a surprise into a 2018 F1 drive, I couldn’t be happier,” said Hartley, as reported on Stuff. “I’d like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for believing in me and giving me this second chance – dreams can come true.”

“I’m now going to carry on working harder than ever in order to finish this busy end of season on a high and start the new year as strong as possible… Bring it!,” he said.

New Zealander Hartley’s first drive came at the US Grand Prix – also in October. He has competed in three races so far. French racing driver Pierre Gasly was also retained for next year’s season.

“They’ve shown that they’re ready for F1, getting to grips with the car quickly, showing good performances,” said team boss Franz Tost.

“We have been truly impressed by both their steep learning curves.”

Article Source: BBC, November 16, 2017
Image Source: Twitter – Toro Rosso

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Dunedin Swimmer Erika Fairweather Wins in Doha

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