Friday, Oct 13 05:47pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Brendon Hartley with Toro Rosso "no problem" for Porsche

Porsche have no problem with Brendon Hartley driving at the United States Grand Prix for Toro Rosso.


Reports on Friday suggested Hartley will replace Pierre Gasly at the forthcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix, while the Frenchman looks to take out the SUPER FORMULA title in his debut season across the ocean in Japan.


"At the moment, the story is just speculation, but from Porsche’s point of view, any request to do this would be no problem," a Porsche spokesperson told


"The only restriction on any of our drivers after Le Mans is that they must not be in a situation where they are competing with Porsche or any other VAG brand.


"The same was the case when Brendon was racing and ultimately winning at Petit Le Mans last weekend."


Hartley competed for the Tequila Patrón ESM outfit, who run the Nissan Onroad DPi, at the annual Motul Petit Le Man 10-hour. There he won the race with Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in what was the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship.


Hartley's inclusion as a possible fill in for Gasly came as a surprise to many. However, the 27-year-old has previous experience with the Red Bull name.


The Kiwi spent much of his junior career as a Red Bull Junior driver and was Toro Rosso's test driver in 2008. Hartley went on to be a test driver and reserve for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Hartley was in the frame to replace Sébastien Buemi in the 2010 season, but was beaten to the post by Jaime Alguersuari. 


Hartley was dropped from the Red Bull Junior driver line up in 2010, but went on to work with Mercedes to work as a test driver and on their simulators. 


Since then Hartley has won the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche. At the end of this year Porsche will leave the World Endurance Championship to focus on preparations for the 2018–'19 FIA Formula E season.


Toyota Gazoo Racing reserve Buemi is another name who is in the frame for the seat at the Circuit of the Americas if a deal cannot be arranged for Hartley.


Photo: Porsche