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Hartley Praises Porsche Support Over Dragon Deal

Brendon Hartley expresses his support to Porsche as his role with the brand winds down…

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New GEOX Dragon signing Brendon Hartley says that Porsche supported his move to becoming an ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver.

In his first interview since being announced as a GEOX Dragon driver, the Kiwi told e-racing365 that he is “appreciative” of Porsche allowing him to form a Formula E program after he was approached by Jay Penske last month.

Hartley is still under contract with Porsche until the end of 2019 but will cease his work with the Formula E team as he concentrates on testing the new 2019-20 Penske EV-4 car.

“Porsche have been incredible regarding everything over the last few years and they were supportive and understood that if I got a chance of a race drive in Formula E that I should take it,” said Hartley.

“I am still under contract [with Porsche] but obviously I will be taking a step away from the Formula E [program] as there is a fair conflict now I am committed with Dragon.

“Porsche have been incredibly fair through the whole process since I took on the Formula 1 drive last season, so I am really appreciative.

“It will be a little bit strange competing against them next season after so many years racing for them.”

Hartley believes that he is in a good position to hit the ground running as he embarks on his Formula E rookie season.

The New Zealander has significant experience of battery systems and some EV engineering through his recent roles in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche between 2014-17 and F1 with Toro Rosso last year.

“I’ll be a rookie, but I’ve worked with plenty of complex systems and complicated race cars for the past few years so I have experience of the energy management era,” he said.

“The style of racing in Formula E is very different yes. But I’ve always thrived and enjoyed the challenge of racing on the streets and having no room for error and enjoy that.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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