18 Jul 2018

Hartley looking forward to "cool" Hockenheim track

10:37 am on 18 July 2018

The New Zealand motor racing driver Brendon Hartley has enjoyed a few days off as he hopes to put a run of bad luck behind him.

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Toro Rosso driver is in Germany for this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

He spent a couple of days mountain biking in the UK and enjoying the weather.

While he's driven the circuit in Formula 3 before, Hartley has spent some time this week on the simulator.

"I raced at Hockenheim in the Formula 3 Euro Series and I have to say it's a cool track. I like going to these old circuits that have a lot of history, even if we don't race anymore down those two very long straights through the forest. I'd like to try that," he said.

Hockenheim race circuit Germany.

Hockenheim race circuit Germany. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"The final part with the grandstand in the Motodrom section has an amazing atmosphere when it's packed with fans. The track has a bit of everything: a very high speed Turn 1 where the kerb comes into play, and the final sector which is very technical featuring a banked section, which is something of a rarity on modern Formula 1 tracks."

"The combination of the high speed flat parts along with the more technical bits, as well as having some cambered sections, makes it a very interesting lap to drive."

Hartley has picked up just one championship point so far this season and has been forced to retire in four of the last five grands prix.