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Hartley: “I’d Love to Be Involved” in Porsche Race Program

Brendon Hartley speaks about his role in the Porsche Formula E development program…

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Brendon Hartley says that his “hand is up” in readiness for a potential future race seat with the Porsche Formula E team.

Hartley is currently at the Calafat circuit in Spain along with Neel Jani, who has been already announced as one of Porsche’s Formula E drivers for its debut next season.

The Kiwi is getting his second taste of the Porsche test and development car after sampling an initial run last month.

Now, Hartley has spoken for the first time of his desire to join Jani and make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut later this year.

“I loved being involved in the development phase of the 919 Hybrid almost as much as a I enjoyed the racing,” Hartley told e-racing365.

“It is something that I pride myself in, in terms of development and understanding the technologies and I am really happy to be part of this Formula E project starting from zero and being part of the development process.

“Equally, I’d love to be involved in the racing. At the moment its very much just the development but I definitely have my hand up to race in Formula E as well.”

Hartley had a brief taste of an all-electric race car for the first time in the summer of 2017 when he tested for Venturi in the south of France.

At that stage Porsche had just announced its withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship and it was before Hartley came onto Toro Rosso’s radar as a potential replacement for the out of form Daniil Kvyat.

Hartley subsequently went on to start 25 Grands Prix but found himself out of a race seat despite several points-scoring drives.

“I had a very short experience in the Gen 1 and there has definitely been a big development particularly with the drivetrain and the brake-by-wire system,” said Hartley.

It remains unclear exactly when Porsche will announce its second driver alongside Jani.

Photo: Porsche

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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