Brendon Hartley speaks out after Formula 1 axing - 'I've hit speed bumps before'

Brendon Hartley has finally spoken out about his axing from Formula 1, declaring he isn't finished with competition despite his dismissal.

Hartley took to social media last night to share his views on his departure after Toro Rosso announced he'd lost his seat to Thai-British driver Alexander Albon.

"I'm very proud of my journey so far but am left feeling I have unfinished business in F1," he posted to social media on Wednesday.

"For the moment that has been put on hold. I've hit speed bumps before and I am a strong believer that tough situations make you stronger, it also helps that I have a great NZ support crew, family, friends and wife.

"I also want to thank my trainer Rich and almost all of the 500 strong Toro Rosso staff who I have stood beside and have enjoyed working with ... and of course all at Honda Racing."

Hartley's departure has been covered minimally by Toro Rosso who have only posted a picture with a short caption thanking him on their social media.

Honda Racing on the other hand gave plenty of praise to the Kiwi, with two chiefs from the manufacturer releasing personal statements thanking him for his help in developing their engines.

There has been mentions of Hartley staying in F1 as a reserve driver or even joining fellow Kiwi Scott Dixon in the IndyCar series in the US but the 29-year-old, while optimistic about the future of his career, hasn't given anything away.

"I still have plenty more pages to write in my story and will make the most of the opportunities in the next chapter!".

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

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