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Red Bull Drop Hartley From Test Role And Junior Programme

Red Bull have announced today that they have dropped up coming race driver Brendon Hartley from both their F1 test driver role and from their junior driver programme.

Red Bull run one of the most diverse athelete sponsorship programmes, and have worked with drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Vitantonio Liuzzi on their path into F1 along with other sports competitors such as Lindsey Vonn.  Their junior motorsports programme is one of the most competitive to be a part of and usually guarantees some form of success, however Hartley has now been dropped from the funding scheme and faces and uphill battle to save his motorsport career.

The New-Zealander was racing in Formula Renault 3.5 with little recent success, and will be replaced in the Red Bull team in that series by Jean Eric-Venge.  Daniel Ricciardo becomes the sole test driver for Red Bull Racing.

Christian Horner said: “We would like to thank Brendon for all his efforts and the work he has done with Red Bull Racing over the last few seasons. He has provided useful feedback for the team and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Meanwhile Hartley told this weeks Autosport Magazine: “I want to get across that they have given me a lot and I’m not bitter.”


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