Brendon Hartley is confident in the work he is doing for Toro Rosso despite the team’s approach to McLaren to replace him with Lando Norris.
Red Bull contacted McLaren to see if it could take on the Formula 2 championship leader from the Austrian Grand Prix onwards, with Hartley having scored just one point in the opening six races. While the New Zealander admits he needs to improve his results, he says the way he is helping Toro Rosso develop behind the scenes is something he is pleased with.
“It’s the second grand prix in a row I’ve been responding to the rumors, but it’s not really interesting for me to comment,” Hartley said. “I know what my contract says. I’m very confident in the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes with Toro Rosso to develop the car. Things didn’t really go my way in Monaco qualifying, but I felt pretty strong all weekend. I’m going to take the same approach this weekend.
“Upgrades coming is positive. I’m looking forward to hopefully putting a good weekend in place. But I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to comment on rumors. There always seems to be rumors in Formula 1. Anyway, like I say, I know what my contract says, and I know the work I am doing behind the scenes. I know I have the ability to be here and doing a good job in Formula 1.
“I don’t have the points on the board, but I know it’s possible. I think it’s silly for me to comment on rumors, as that’s all they are.”
Asked if the team has spoken to him at all, Hartley added: “I haven’t actually spoken to Franz [Tost] yet.
“To be honest with you, I’m focused on this weekend. It doesn’t even make sense to have the conversation. Like I say, I have a contract to be here, and I’m looking forward to the next races, especially with the updates we have planned.”
– Chris Medland