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Hartley: Immediate Goal “Has to Be Points”

Formula E rookie Brendon Hartley aiming for points on debut weekend in Saudi Arabia…

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Formula E debutant Brendon Hartley is targeting points in his first races in the series at Ad Diriyah later this month.

The Kiwi signed for GEOX Dragon in August and will dovetail his campaign with duties in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Hartley completed a full season of Formula 1 in 2018 driving for Toro Rosso in his first season of single seater racing since 2011.

“We are a smaller team but there has been some continuity in the engineering department with some really clever and motivated people in the team,” Hartley told e-racing365.

“I don’t see a reason why we can’t surprise some people, so from my point of view there is a lot still to learn before we get to real and compact Formula E street tracks.

“We are going to have to be sharp from the beginning but I don’t see why we can’t aim for points at the first races, I think the goal has to be points, that would be an ideal scenario.”

Hartley also said that his first experience of running in close proximity to his and GEOX Dragon’s competition at the Valencia pre-season test was positive and matched up to what he had been told about the all-electric championship.

“I have spoken to drivers in WEC previously and everyone who is in Formula E mainly has positive things to say,” he said.

“The drivers enjoy the close and competitive racing and even just running with other teams at the test then I’d say for me it really lives up to its name in that regard.

“You look at the timing screen and you see those names and it is one of the most competitive I have seen or raced in.

“Even the interest from the media and the buzz in the press conference we did the other day is really cool to see.”

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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