brendan hartley hoping to land porsche formula e drive

12:00    04 Jun 2019

Brendon Hartley
Former Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley is hoping to feature for Porsche in their entry into Formula E next season, despite signing a deal with Toyota.

Hartley, who has represented Porsche in the World Endurance Championship and won two world titles with the German marque, recently joined Toyota’s LMP1 squad as a replacement for the departing Fernando Alonso.

His current dual role sees him racing for Toyota while also working as development driver for Porsche’s Formula E programme.

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Hartley hopes the development role will turn into a race drive for the 2019/20 Formula E campaign, but admits he has been given no indication whether that will happen.

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not,” said Hartley. “It’s definitely a possibility but I don’t have any more answers than that.

“I’m still involved with the development of the Porsche, I’m actually there next week as part of their testing. Beyond that I don’t know.

“The priority for me was signing up for Toyota, having a full-time race seat and being back in Le Mans.”

Hartley will have his first full outing as a Toyota racer when the next WEC season begins at the 4 Hours of Silverstone in September. The 2019/20 Formula E campaign begins in December in Saudi Arabia.

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