Brendon Hartley joins Russian side SMP for World Endurance Championship

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has found himself a new job, returning to the World Endurance Championship for the next two rounds.

Brendon Hartley. Source: Associated Press

Dumped out of Formula 1 by Italian outfit Toro Rosso, Hartley will now replace former Formula 1 champion Jensen Button, racing for the Russian SMP side.

Hartley has tasted success in the World Endurcance Championship in the past, taking the 2015 and 2017 titles with Porsche, now linking up with SMP for the American and Belgium races on March 17 and May 4 respectively.

"I'm very pleased to join SMP Racing for the next two WEC races at Sebring and Spa," Hartley said in a statement.

"The team have all the tools and a great driver roster so I think we have a big opportunity to fight for podiums.

"It marks my return to the WEC and I'm really looking forward to being back in the paddock amongst many familiar faces."

Hartley has also signed on as a simulator driver with Ferrari ahead of the 2019 F1 season, as well as remaining as a contracted team member for Porsche.