Hartley to Ferrari? Kiwi F1 ace linked to role with iconic team - NZME
Driven.co.nz - Tue 8 Jan 01:28 GMT

Hartley to Ferrari? Kiwi F1 ace linked to role with iconic team - NZME

Formula 1 simulator lifeline could see Brendon Hartley stay in the F1 game...

  Kiwi F1 ace linked to role with iconic team It was with dejection but perhaps minimal surprise that the news broke late last year that Brendon Hartley would no longer be part of Toro Rosso's Formula 1 driver line-up for 2019.

  Ironically, the Kiwi could see himself replacing former Ferrari sim tester Daniil Kvyat — who will slot into Toro Rosso as a driver for the 2019 F1 season.

  The speculation from Europe says that Hartley is one of two drivers in the frame for a simulator role at Ferrari — the other driver being fellow F1-refugee Sergey Sirotkin, who was axed from the struggling Williams team in similar circumstances at the end of last year.

  It's worth noting that the next Formula E season kicks off at the end of the year, giving a driver potentially enough time to spend a year simulator testing for an F1 team beforehand.

  But, as Hartley and now Kvyat have shown, being a gun simulator driver can possibly spring-board someone back into the real-world driver's seat.