Brendon Hartley could become another former Formula 1 name to race in the Formula E championship following the loss of his Toro Rosso seat.
Alexander Albon and Daniil Kvyat will drive for Toro Rosso in 2019, leaving Hartley without an F1 drive next year. RACER understands the New Zealander is evaluating a number of different racing opportunities for 2019, with the end of the year set to see a Porsche factory team enter Formula E.
Porsche will enter Formula E in Season 6 alongside Mercedes, and Hartley has retained links with the team since its withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship at the end of 2017. The New Zealander won two WEC titles with Porsche as well as the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Despite the other options he is pursuing away from grand prix racing, Hartley this week stated he doesn’t see the Toro Rosso departure as the end of his F1 ambitions.
“I left the circuit on Sunday with my head held high,” Hartley said. “I’m very proud of my story and journey so far but am left feeling I have unfinished business in F1. For the moment that has been put on hold. I’ve hit speed bumps before and I am a strong believer that tough situations make you stronger, also helps that I have a great New Zealand support crew, family, friends and wife.
“I also want to thank my trainer Rich and almost all of the 500 strong Toro Rosso staff who I have stood beside and have enjoyed working with this season, all of the engineering team, the mechanics, marketing, PR, logistics, hospitality crew, factory staff and of course all at Honda Racing.
“I really do appreciate the support I have received from fans across the globe this year, I still have plenty more pages to write in my story and will make the most of the opportunities in the next chapter!”