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Brendon Hartley hopes to begin a title attack from the off this season, with the 2010 World Series by Renault set to begin at Spain's Motorland Aragón circuit this weekend. However, the New Zealander expects a stiff challenge from Tech1 team-mate and former British Formula 3 rival Daniel Ricciardo.
Hartley begins his first full season in the World Series this year and the 20-year-old who, like his team-mate is a Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver, is highly optimistic.
"Daniel is fast and I trust him," Hartley told New Zealand's TVNZ. "We are good friends and we know we are both fast, so the last little bit is up to us.
"I've been working with a new trainer on a slightly different programme - I've been getting more variety in my workouts and putting in more outside training. I'm feeling really positive about this year; last season I was thrown in the deep end because I didn't get any preparation time and did not do any pre-season testing. I intend to make the most of this year after such a good build-up."
Pleased with this year's race formats, Hartley also enters the new campaign with F1 simulator training underneath him.
World Series by Renault
Tech 1 Racing
|Tech 1 Racing|
|16 Jan||Melker switches to FR3.5 with Tech 1|
|9 Feb '12||Bianchi suffers first F1 crash of 2012|
|17 Oct '11||Arden and DAMS to debut in 2012|
|19 Jun '11||Korjus takes victory in second race|
|World Series by Renault: Ciudad del Motor de Aragon 2010|
|18 Apr '10||Pentus wins second race at Aragon|
|18 Apr '10||Photos: Sunday at Ciudad del Motor de Aragon|
|17 Apr '10||Aleshin wins rain-affected race at Aragon|
|17 Apr '10||Photos: Saturday at Ciudad del Motor de Aragon|
|11 Sep '12||Hartley could test for Mercedes on Thursday|
|26 Jun '12||Rosberg to drive at Goodwood Festival|
|18 Oct '11||Hartley: F1 still the target, but I’m not a dreamer|
|18 Oct '11||Ocean adds Félix da Costa and Hartley to test|
|World Series by Renault|
|25 May||Müller claims maiden pole in Monte-Carlo|
|22 May||Yelloly gets FR3.5 outing in Monte-Carlo|
|17 May||Sainz Jr. gets Zeta Corse seat for Monaco|
|28 Apr||Latest FR3.5 photos: Sunday at Aragon|
|More Brendon Hartley photos|