Ousted Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley is one of four drivers who has signed with Scuderia Ferrari filling in vacant positions made by graduating drivers.
The Kiwi will join Pascal Wehrlein (Formula E), Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco (F2), and experienced development driver Davide Rigone for the upcoming season as the Maranello squad continue to challenge Mercedes for the title in 2019.
Hartley’s inevitable booting from Toro Rosso left him with faint options for 2019 as he reluctantly revealed no plans for this year before he signed with Ferrari this week.
He ironically fills in for his Toro Rosso replacement Daniil Kvyat who was called up for another drive alongside Red Bull’s latest Formula 1 rookie Alexander Albon.
Meanwhile, Ferrari’s other Academy Driver Antonio Giovinazzi’s spot also became vacant within the simulator department as the Italian picked up a drive alongside Kimi Räikkönen at the newly rebranded Alfa Romeo Racing team.
Hartley, Wehrlein and Fuoco are all new to their development driver roles at Ferrari.
“Our team has taken on four undoubtedly talented drivers, who possess innate feeling, with a strong understanding of race cars and tracks,” spoke Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal.
“These are exactly the qualities required in the skilful role of driving in a simulator, one of the vital pieces of equipment in the Formula 1 of today.”
Images via Scuderia Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso