Hartley: F1 still the target, but I'm not a dreamer
18 October 2011 – Brendon Hartley insists that Formula 1 remains his principal goal but admits that reaching the pinnacle will be no easy feat. The New Zealander, who was replaced in the Red Bull driver programme by Jaime Alguersuari, has suffered a tough World Series by Renault campaign which ended with a podium finish in Barcelona.
Classified seventh in the latest 3.5 season after collecting a last-race third place finish for the Gravity-Charouz team, Hartley remains pragmatic.
“I have no plans at the moment,” he tells GPUpdate.net. “I am quite realistic; I wouldn’t say I have big backing behind me and, with Formula 1’s current state, it’s a bit tricky. Even if you really deserve to be there, sometimes you don’t arrive, so I’m realistic but obviously Formula 1 is where I would love to be.
When asked if any plans are in place for next year, Hartley replied: “There are a few options, so I wouldn’t really like to say.”
It has been confirmed on Tuesday that Hartley will be testing with Ocean Racing Technology in Barcelona this week, with a view to a possible full-time GP2 race seat for 2012. Earlier this season, he competed in four races for the Tiago Monteiro-owned squad.
Brendon Hartley was talking to GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines
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