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Formula 1

Hartley not interest in Ferrari talk

8th January 2019, 11:39 by Chris Rivers

Brendon Hartley's father says there is nothing in the rumours of his son becoming a test driver for Ferrari.

The 29-year-old endured a tough first full season in Formula 1 in 2018, scoring just four points as he finished 19th in the Drivers' Championship before being axed by Toro Rosso.

Hartley has been left without a race seat for the 2019 campaign and has instead opted to sign up for Porsche's driver programme.

His deal with the German manufacturer does give him room to explore opportunities in Formula 1 though, and reports in Italy have claimed that Ferrari are keen for him to become their new test driver.

The Scuderia did have Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi operating as their test drivers last year but after letting the duo move on, it was understood they were keen to speak to Hartley.

However, the New Zealander's father has played down those rumours with his son seemingly not interested in stepping back into the world of F1 at this stage of his career.

“It’s just rumours,” Hartley’s father Bryan told Newshub.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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