8 Feb 2019

Brendon Hartley returns to WEC

6:55 am on 8 February 2019

The New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley has lined up another gig for 2019 returning to the World Endurance Championship.

Brendon Hartley (NZL) Earl Bamber (NZL)  Timo Bernhard (GER) racing for Porsche in Bahrain WEC in 2017.


Earlier this week the former F1 driver confirmed he'd joined Ferrari as one of their simulator drivers for the season.

Hartley will replace Jenson Button for the next two rounds of the current World Endurance Championship at the Russian SMP Racing team.

Hartley will race at the Sebring and Spa-Francorchamps WEC rounds.

Sebring in the USA is on March 17th and Spa in Belgium is on May 4th.

Hartley will drive alongside Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin.

"I'm very pleased to join SMP Racing for the next two WEC races at Sebring and Spa," Hartley said. "The team have all the tools and a great driver roster so I think we have a big opportunity to fight for podiums. It marks my return to the WEC and I'm really looking forward to being back in the paddock amongst many familiar faces."

It marks the second recently-axed F1 driver to join the SMP Racing ranks following Sergey Sirotkin's switch which was confirmed earlier this week.

"I want to welcome Brendon Hartley, who joined our SMP Racing team," Sirotkin said. "I have known Brendon for quite a long time, we get along well and he is an excellent driver who will certainly benefit our team."

29 year old Hartley won the 2015 and 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche.

-SMP Racing.