Formula One: Brendon Hartley inks simulator deal with motorsport powerhouse Ferrari

Brendon Hartley will be wearing Ferrari red in 2019.
Brendon Hartley will be wearing Ferrari red in 2019. Photo credit: Getty

Former Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley is joining Ferrari as a development driver for the 2019 Formula One season.

The 29-year-old Kiwi will be one of four working in the Ferrari simulator, alongside former Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon.

Ironically, Hartley replaces Russian Daniil Kvyat, who has taken his Toro Rosso seat for 2019.

"Our team has taken on four undoubtedly talented drivers, who possess innate feeling, with a strong understanding of race cars and tracks," said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.

"These are exactly the qualities required in the skilful role of driving in a simulator, one of the vital pieces of equipment in Formula One."

Hartley competed in 25 Grands Prix across two seasons for the Red Bull feeder team, scoring four points.