After a year spent away from sportscars in 2018, racing in Formula One with Toro Rosso, Brendon Hartley is set to return to competing in the FIA WEC’s LMP1 class at Sebring next month in the 1000-mile race.
The Kiwi, who won the 2015 and 2017 FIA WEC titles, will replace reigning Super GT Champion Jenson Button at Sebring and Spa in SMP Racing’s #11 BR1 AER, racing alongside Mihail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov. Button is unable to make the trip to either Sebring or Spa due to racing commitments elsewhere.
“I’m very pleased to join SMP Racing for the next two WEC races at Sebring and Spa,” Brendon Hartley commented. “The team have all the tools and a great driver roster so I think we have a big opportunity to fight for podiums. It marks my return to the WEC and I’m really looking forward to being back in the paddock amongst many familiar faces.”
This news follows the announcement that Sergey Sirotkin will also join the Russian team to replace Matevos Isaakyan in the team’s #17 BR1 to race alongside Stéphane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev at Sebring.