Brendon Hartley to be simulator driver for Ferrari

Brendon Hartley: New Zealander joins Ferrari as a development driver for 2019

Brendon Hartley: New Zealander joins Ferrari as a development driver for 2019

Last year, Russian Daniil Kvyat and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi both worked as simulator drivers for Ferrari but this year have taken a step forward and are now racing for Toro Rosso and Sauber, respectively.

Wehrlein had always been expected to be confirmed as a development driver for the Scuderia alongside a Formula E contract with Mahndra Racing in 2019.

The New Zealander will work at Ferrari alongside Davide Rigon and fellow new recruits Antonio Fuoco and former Sauber and Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein.

Now driving in Formula E for the Mahindra team, Pascal Wehrlein competed in Formula 1 in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Ferrari have hired ex-Formula One drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Brendon Hartley to help develop their 2019 race auto in the simulator.

Brendon Hartley: New Zealander joins Ferrari as a development driver for 2019

Hartley had lost his seat at Toro Rosso after only one season, confirming last week that his departure was only confirmed following the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Wehrlein left Mercedes at the end of 2018, and races in Formula E. Fuoco rose through the Ferrari driver academy while Rigon races for a ferrari factory team. He has been driving the simulator since 2014 in addition to his work as an official driver in GT competitions.

"Our team has taken on four undoubtedly talented drivers, who possess innate feeling, with a strong understanding of race cars and tracks", said Scuderia boss Matia Binotto.

"These are exactly the qualities required in the skilful role of driving in a simulator".

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