Brendon Hartley is a New Zealand based formula one driver currently racing for the Toro Rosso team alongside Pierre Gasly. He made his F1 debut with the Toro Rosso team at the Circuit of Americas, US Grand Prix in 2017. He also won the 2015 and 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Hartley comes from a family of racing drivers as his father Bryan was a driver for Formula Atlantic and his brother Nelson had been karting before he got into it. He joined Formula Ford in 2003 in the same car in which his brother drove for in the previous year. Brendon then moved to Europe after switching over from Formula Toyota to race in the Formula Renault 2.0 European cup. He took his first European championship cup in this season.
In 2007, he also made his Formula 3 debut driving for a team from his homeland New Zealand which was the A1 Team NZ. In 2008, he drove in the British Formula 3 championship for Carlin Motorsport and finished the season in third place. He remained with Carlin for the F3 European Series in 2009 for the full duration. He finished 11th in the drivers championship after alternating with the Formula Renault 3.5 due to prior commitments.
The New Zealander went on to race in the Formula Renault 3.5 full season alongside teammate and friend from the neighbouring country Daniel Ricciardo for Tech 1 in 2010. He was a Red Bull Junior Driver from 2007 but had been dropped due to the addition of Jean-Eric Vergne who had won the championship. After being dropped off the team, he made his GP2 debut for Coloni Team where he placed 27th in the overall championship.
Hartley moved to drive in the Murphy prototypes series after having no choices or seats in the single seater series category. He went onto race in the European Le Mans series where the team got invited as a guest to compete in the series of 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Later, he went on to join the Porsche Factory team in the Le Mans driving the prestigious and absolute champion- The Porsche 919 Hybrid for the team scoring points and glory to his name.
Toro Rosso offered Hartley to drive for them after Pierre Gasly was absent and they had to fill the position. He finished the race at 13th place confirming himself a seat in the STR garage after Russian ex Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat was kicked off the team for being too aggressive and a potential danger on track.