Hartley: I feel good at P1 Motorsport
14 October 2010 – Brendon Hartley left the Circuit de Catalunya in a positive mood on Wednesday evening, having lapped fastest in Formula Renault 3.5 testing for P1 Motorsport. Following a catastrophic factory fire for the outfit last year, the New Zealander is keep to help put the disaster behind the team.
The Kiwi topped Wednesday’s timesheets, signalling an end to the two-day session at the Montmeló-based track, with a best effort of 1:32.820 - edging out ISR’s Alexander Rossi just under three tenths of a second as Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs made the top three for the Red Devil Comtec squad.
“We had our work cut out for us here,” commented Hartley, who is no longer part of Red Bull’s young driver development programme. “P1 Motorsport lost all of its data last year in a fire, so my first task was to try out a whole range of things to rebuild their database.
“We will have to do the same thing in Motorland Aragón. In the end I only managed to get one quick lap in... I feel good at P1 Motorsport and the work we are doing together is very constructive.
“I’m still lacking a little bit, in terms of budget, but the ideal thing would be for me to return with them next season in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.”
GPUpdate.net Archive – 28 August 2009:
P1 factory destroyed by large fire
WSR testing returns with a three-day run in Aragón next week