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Hartley hit with grid penalty on F1 debut

20 October 2017

"He could have easily gone home to New Zealand after he got dropped, and just said, 'It's done, I tried, it didn't work, ' but he's just ground away". I like to think I'm ready now.

"I guess I just didn't deal with the pressure.

I think I can be ready, even if I have not been in a vehicle for so long", Hartley said.

However, Hartley has revealed he was quick to call Marko, a key decision-maker for Red Bull's motorsport interests, after finding out about Porsche's plans to quit LMP1.

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"Nothing's been confirmed for me for next year, so I haven't asked too many questions and have just been focussed on trying to do the best I can this weekend because I've got a fair amount on my plate to figure out and do a good job". Hartley has been heavily rumored to be looking at IndyCar, but his ties to the two Red Bull F1 teams are also strong. "Nothing confirmed for next season yet", he said. I think learning the vehicle will be the bigger challenge. "A lot of them aren't really relevant until I've actually experience the auto".

"I'm trying to tell myself it is just another race and it should be similar but it is a step". The big tyres, the big downforce that these Formula One cars have at the moment, obviously they are setting lap records at every track they go to. Hartley has raced at the Circuit of the Americas several times and visited recently for a round of the World Endurance Championship, where he won the race. "It is a track I've always liked". I went through some tough times.

"There are quite a few tricky little technical sections and it is one that should suit me".

Formula 1 and Toro Rosso rookie Brendon Hartley is set to start his first Grand Prix from the back of the grid at this weekend's United States Grand Prix in Austin.

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Renault's Nico Hulkenberg will also be shuffled down the order after his team fitted a new turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K, dropping him 20 places on the grid.

STR team principal Franz Tost confirmed to Autosport that Hartley will take a complete new power unit this weekend, and that the decision was made before it was confirmed that Hartley would be making his maiden F1 start in that auto, which was driven by Pierre Gasly in the last two races.

Penalties are enforced for changing power units beyond a certain limit, in an effort to control costs.

He will most likely receive a 30-place grid penalty although the exact punishment has not yet been confirmed.

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Although Kvyat is also racing in Austin, he has taken over Carlos Sainz's auto as the Spaniard switches to Renault for the rest of the season, meaning it is Hartley who receives the penalty.

Hartley hit with grid penalty on F1 debut