Hartley confident over long-run potential
22 October 2017 – Brendon Hartley says he is confident over his long-run performance as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut at the United States Grand Prix.
Hartley, drafted in by Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly, whose Super Formula title prospects were ended by Typhoon Lan, set the 18th best time in qualifying, missing out on Q2 by just 0.054s.
Hartley will line-up from the rear of the grid, due to a 25-place penalty for taking on engine components, but is optimistic over his chances.
"It was a difficult qualifying session – still a lot to learn – but I'm smiling," said Hartley.
"These cars are incredibly fast and awesome to drive and when you go out on low fuel and new tyres it's such a peak in performance!
"I didn't quite nail the session, but I can't forget that I've been thrown in the deep end here, so I'm pretty satisfied with how the weekend has gone so far.
"My long-run pace is pretty good – I guess that's what I know how to do well anyway from endurance racing!
"I feel quite confident managing tyres, so I'm looking forward to the race.
"I haven't done a standing start in a long time, but hopefully I can manage a clean start and see what we can do after that.
"There'll be a few butterflies in my stomach for sure, but I've been pretty relaxed all weekend.
"I'm trying to tell myself it's just another race, even though I know it's obviously not…it's really my F1 debut!
"I'm excited to see how far we can move up the grid."
Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat will line up from 11th place on the grid.