'It couldn't be better!' – Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley beams after securing Formula 1 gig

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley was beaming yesterday, having secured his position with Italian outfit Toro Rosso for next season's Formula 1 championship.

Hartley, 27, will partner Pierre Gasly in driving for Toro Rosso - made his F1 debut in the Frenchman's absence earlier this year where he finished 13th at the US Grand Prix in Austin.

Speaking to 1 NEWS yesterday, Hartley was over the moon at the news he'd be joining the world's elite drivers in 2018 having taken part in four races this season, experience that's invaluable at the highest level.

"It's the perfect scenario for me," Hartley said.

"Obviously this has all come out of the blue, but if I was going to enter a fresh Formula 1 season with four races under my belt, that's really the ideal scenario."

"It couldn't be better."

Hartley will next be in action for Toro Rosso at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 28 NZT.

Hartley was confirmed to drive for Toro Rosso in next season's championship. Source: 1 NEWS


'I couldn't be happier' - Kiwi Brendon Hartley handed Formula One drivers role with Toro Rosso for 2018 season

Things keep getting better and better for Kiwi motorsport, with driver Brendon Hartley confirmed as a Toro Rosso driver for the 2018 Formula One season.

Hartley, 27, has had a whirlwind last few months, making his F1 debut at the US Grand Prix in Austin in October to become the first Kiwi in 33 years to race alongside Europe's best, before also taking part in the Mexican and Brazillian Grand Prix's.

The Kiwi driver impressed on his F1 debut in Texas, starting 19th on the grid before earning a creditable 13th placed finish, however mechanical issues have seen him unable to finish either of his next two races.

The Kiwi driver is hoping for a deal with Toro Rosso after his debut at the US Grand Prix in Austin this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

In a statement made via Toro Rosso's official Twitter account, Hartley spoke of his delight in achieving his F1 dream.

"Really amazing to be confirmed as a Formula 1 driver next year with Toro Rosso," he said.

"It's very satisfying to have converted an opportunity that came as a surprise into a 2018 F1 drive, I couldn't be happier."

Hartley will be partnered by France's Pierre Gasly as Toro Rosso's top two drivers for the 2018 season.

The Kiwi driver again impressed before engine troubles saw him out of the race. Source: 1 NEWS



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