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Wednesday, Jun 13 08:47pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Red Bull rubbish rumours about Brendon Hartley's exit

Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko says Brendon Hartley’s place in Formula 1 is not under threat despite recent speculation.

 

Hartley’s second big crash of this year’s Formula 1 season increased speculation that Hartley might be on his way out, but Marko said that’s not the case. The Kiwi was knocked out of the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this week following a collision with local Lance Stroll.

 

The 28-year-old New Zealander is his first full season of Formula 1, but has come under scrutiny for what have been labelled by some as poor performances.

 

So far this season Hartley has just one point to his name versus the 18 points scored by 22-year-old Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda teammate Pierre Gasly.

 

Speaking with Motorsport.com, Marko rubbished claims Hartley’s crash would signal his exit.

 

"It was, I would say, a racing accident, and has nothing to do about his future," Marko told Motorsport.com.

 

"He will be in the car. All the people who say they want to race for Toro Rosso, or they want to put an offer that we didn't know about.”

 

He described the rumours about the likes of Lando Norris, Robert Kubica, Lance Stroll and more as potential replacements for Hartley as “unbelievable stories going around."

 

Hartley has rebuffed those rumours on several occasions, and twice already this year has cited his contract as being his main ally among all the conjecture.

 

Following the crash at the Canadian Grand Prix Hartley was taken to hospital for precautionary checks. Footage of the incident shows Hartley violently hit his head on the head restraints of his STR13, which showed noticeable wearing once Hartley’s car had stopped.

 

Hartley said he is fit and ready to race in next weekend’s French Grand Prix.

 

"Thanks for all the kind messages that have flooded in over social - I’m all ok," Hartley wrote via social media.


"Yes I have been a bit unlucky recently, yes there has been a bit of noise in the background, but I feel strong, hungrier than ever, and I have full confidence in myself and the team of people around me.

 

"I will continue working hard to make my own luck at the next race. Lastly and maybe most importantly, I’m still smiling.

 

"Thanks to all at Toro Rosso and Honda for doing a great job all weekend."

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