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Brendon Hartley given lifeline by Porsche after Formula One axing

Discarded Formula One driver Brendon Hartley has announced the next move in his motorsport career, retaining his Porsche factory driver status for the 2019 season.

The Kiwi driver became a Porsche factory driver in 2014, joining their LMP1 endurance team and has remained on the German manufacturer's books since his fulltime shift to F1 this year.

Hartley is headed back to them now after getting axed by F1 team Toro Rosso for 2019, having collected four points to finish second to last in the Driver's Championship after a difficult season. He was replaced by Red Bull prospect Alexander Albon.

The 29-year-old was confirmed as part of Porsche's line up for 2019 at their annual Night of Champions event in Stuttgart, however he has yet to have a specific role assigned to him.

It is rumoured he could be part of Porsche's entry in Formula E after motorsport chief Fritz Enzinger confirmed their driver for the electric car championship was "already decided".

Hartley is well-respected at Porsche due to his past accolades with the manufacturer which includes two LMP1 world championships in 2015 and 2017 and a 24 Hours of Le Mans title in 2017.

But Bob McMurray says that door is still open to the Kiwi driver in F1.


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