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Toro Rosso thanks Hartley following end of Formula 1 stint

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Brendon Hartley - Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda - Abu Dhabi GP
Brendon Hartley has been thanked by his team ahead of his departure from F1 / Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda have thanked former driver Brendon Hartley after his fourteenth-month stint in Formula 1 come to an end, after making his debut with the team at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.

It follows the signing of the Formula 2 star Alexander Albon, and previous Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat, who was previously dropped from the Red Bull driver programme.

Team Principal Franz Tost said of Hartley’s departure: “We would like to thank Brendon for his hard work with the team.  It was not an easy task to move from sports cars to Formula 1, especially at short notice.

“His consistency over the final four races of 2017 earned him a 2018 race seat and, while ultimately we were not able to continue into 2019, he has been a key part of the team and aided the development of the Honda powertrain.  

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Regardless of the praise, Hartley revealed on his Facebook page that he still has unfinished business with the team.  It is not yet known where he will be driving in 2019.

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