SMP Racing has confirmed that former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley will be driving the #11 LMP1 car along with Vitaly Petrov along with Mikhail Aleshin, replacing F1 alumnus Jenson Button.
Button will soon be unavailable because of clashing Super GT responsibilities, but will soon be returning for the summer season finale at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The swap marks Hartley’s yield to sports car racing for the first time since Porsche’s LMP1 app ended in Bahrain although he’s a Porsche factory driver along with a simulator driver to the Ferrari Formula One functionality.
“I’m very Happy to join SMP Racing for another two WEC races in Sebring and Spa,” stated the New Zealander.
“The team got the various tools and also a terrific driver roster so I believe we have a significant opportunity to struggle for podiums. It marks my return m looking forward to being back from the paddock familiar faces. ”
We’re certain that our combined team will earn a great contribution to the victories. I do believe it’ll be fun for Brendon compete with competitions in the class LMP1 and to drive driving of the brand sport prototype BR-1. ”
Hartley’s entrance in to the #11 BR Engineering BR1-AER finishes a reshuffling of the driver line up of the Russian outing, together with Sergey Sirotkin, that lost his seat that is F1 recently, replacing Matevos Isaakyan from the car that is 13. Sirotkin commented: “I want to cheer. I’ve known Brendon for a long time, we get along well and he is. ”