Brendon Hartley ( born November 10, 1989 in Palmerston North ) is a New Zealand racing driver. He joined from 2009 to 2011 in the Formula Renault 3.5 at. In 2012 he takes part in some long-distance race for Murphy Prototypes.
Hartley began his career in motor sports at the age of seven years in karting. He won the most important karting championships in New Zealand, including four times the internationally renowned Gold Star Series. At the age of thirteen Hartley Winner of the 2003 New Zealand Formula Ford Festival and competed in the New Zealand Formula First. 2004 Hartley drove in the New Zealand Formula Ford and won with six wins right off the bat the runner-up title. As of 2005, Hartley went to the Toyota Racing Series for two seasons at the start. After fourth place in the first season Hartley finished the second season in eighth place overall. Then Hartley moved to Europe in 2006 and competed in the North European Formula Renault and Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. In the Northern European Formula Renault he was tenth, in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 13, 2006, he was also included in the funding of Red Bull.
In the 2007 season, Hartley moved to Epsilon Euskadi. He ran again in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, whose championship he won this season, and competed in the Italian Formula Renault, in which he finished third in the overall standings. In 2008 he joined for Carlin Motorsport in the British Formula 3 Championship. With five victories, he was third behind his team-mates Jaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey. In addition, Hartley took part in several races of the Formula 3 Euro Series as a guest. In the Formula 3 race in Macau, he was the 20th starting position of third parties. In December 2008, he performed his first Formula 1 test day for Red Bull Racing. In the 2009 Formula 1 season Hartley was the official reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. As Hartley start of the season still had not, required to start, Super Stock, he was represented at the first race of David Coulthard. From the Grand Prix of Spain up to and including the Grand Prix of Great Britain, he entered as a substitute driver of the two teams and was subsequently replaced by the Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari in order to concentrate on his involvement in Formula 3 can.
In the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series season Hartley went for Carlin Motorsport at the start. At Brands Hatch, he won his first race in the series and finished at the end of the season in eleventh place overall. He also raced in the 2009 season of Formula Renault 3.5 for Tech 1 Racing and finished 15th in the overall standings. Due to scheduling conflicts Hartley had to cancel two 3.5 race weekend of the Euro series and two race weekends of the Formula Renault.
2010 started Hartley again for Tech 1 Racing in Formula Renault 3.5. While his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo scored several podium finishes and decided two races for themselves, it was not possible to keep up with Ricciardo and Hartley he came across a second place, which was his only podium placement, not addition. After six race weekends, he was replaced by Jean- Éric Vergne. In addition, Red Bull made a promotion of Hartley and released him from his junior team. Afterwards he appeared as a substitute for Jan Charouz at P1 Motorsport to a weekend of races. At the end of the season, he finished tenth overall. Until his resignation from the Red Bull funding he was active along with his teammate Ricciardo for the Formula 1 racing teams Red Bull and Toro Rosso as a replacement and test driver for the 2010 season. The two racers took over this position took turns and were, if both were prevented, by David Coulthard. In the GP2 Series Hartley found at Scuderia Coloni a cockpit for the last two race weekends of the GP2 Series 2010 season. With a seventh place as best result, he finished 27th place in the drivers' standings.
2011 Hartley completed his third season in the Formula Renault 3.5 for Gravity - Charouz Racing. With three third places Hartley this season was the best pilot without a win and he finished the season in seventh place overall. So he sat down internally clearly against his teammates Charouz, who was 25, by. In addition, Hartley took part in this season for Ocean Racing Technology at two race weekends of the GP2 Series. He scored with a fifth place the first points for the team and was 19th in the championship. 2012 Hartley took for Ocean Racing Technology at two race weekends of the GP2 series part. He scored a point. At the end of the season, he finished 25th overall. In addition, Hartley debuted in endurance racing. For Murphy Prototypes he participated in the 6- hour race at Spa -Francorchamps and reached with his team-mate Jody Firth and Warren Hughes took third place in the LMP2 standings. Then he started for Murphy Prototypes along with Firth and Hughes to the 24- hour race at Le Mans in 2012 and to a race the European Le Mans Series ( ELMS ). In the ELMS he was after the second race in ninth place in the LMP2 standings. He is also employed as a test driver in Formula 1 racing team Mercedes. In addition to work in the simulator, he also completed testing on the track.
- 2003: New Zealand Formula First ( 8th place)
- 2004: New Zealand Formula Ford (No. 2 )
- 2005: Toyota Racing Series (4th place )
- 2006: Toyota Racing Series (8th place )
- 2006: North European Formula Renault ( 10th place )
- 2006: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup ( 13th)
- 2007: Toyota Racing Series
- 2007: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup (Master)
- 2007: Italian Formula Renault ( 3rd place)
- 2008: British Formula 3 ( 3rd place)
- 2009: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 11)
- 2009: Formula Renault 3.5 ( 15th place)
- 2009: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2010: Formula Renault 3.5 (ranked 10)
- 2010: GP2 Series ( No. 27 )
- 2010: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2011: Formula Renault 3.5 ( 7th place)
- 2011: GP2 Series ( No. 19 )
- 2012: GP2 Series (No. 25)
- 2012: ELMS, LMP2