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Kiwi Brendon Hartley axed by Formula 1 team Toro Rosso

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley’s days in Formula 1 appear to be over with his team announcing two new drivers for 2019.

Red Bull Toro Rosso announced this morning that Thai-British driver Alexander Albon will join already-signed Russian Daniil Kvyat as the team’s line-up for next year, with no mention of Hartley in their 2019 plans.

There was no mention of 29-year-old Hartley in the release. 

It comes after a difficult 2018 for Hartley in which he earned just four points in the F1 Driver’s Championship to finish 19th overall out of 20 drivers.

The 29-year-old remained positive throughout the year despite the results and rumours circulating his two-year contract was under threat.

Hartley made his F1 debut last season at the US Grand Prix as a stand-in driver for recently-promoted teammate Pierre Gasly, before becoming a full-time replacement for Kvyat in 2018.

Brendon Hartley (Red Bull Torro Rosso). 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. FIA F1 World Championship Round 20 held at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 23-26 November 2017. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.nz
Brendon Hartley. Source: Photosport


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