'It's all part of the apprenticeship' – Brendon Hartley's manager philosophical after Mexican F1 disaster

Kiwi Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley will only grow from his disappointing result at the Mexican Grand Prix this morning, according to his manager Peter Johnston.

Hartley, 27, started this morning's race 17th on the grid, moving up to 11th before disaster struck on the 32nd lap, with his Toro Rosso car catching fire - forcing him to retire from the race.

Speaking to 1 NEWS, Johnston said that the setback can only be a good thing for Hartley's development as a driver, as the Kiwi seeks a full time role with Toro Rosso in 2018.

"Overall, I think he did a fantastic job," he said.

"Okay, he retired today with another engine problem, but it's all about mileage, and learning about being a Formula 1 driver."

"It's all part of the apprenticeship."

Johnston was also adamant that Hartley would have pushed for honours in today's race, were it not for his car troubles.

"He showed that he's got quicker and quicker."

"I think, all things being equal and if his motor would've lasted, he would have been in the points."

"Between eighth and tenth he could have easily achieved."

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