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Hartley in contention for race seat following test

Former World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley looks to be in the running for a race seat in Formula E next season, following a private test for Venturi.

Hartley, who won WEC in 2015 alongside Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber, recently tested for the Monegasque team in the South of France, according to a report by e-racing365.

The Kiwi was joined by three other unnamed drivers, with the team looking for a team-mate to Maro Engel, who looks set to keep his seat into season four.

As well as IndyCar, the 27-year-old admitted his interest in the all-electric series but wants to stay loyal to Porsche, with whom he won the WEC title in 2015.

“Formula E is something I’m looking at as well,” said Hartley. “Nothing’s signed off but I hope in the next few weeks I’ll have a clearer idea of where I’m heading.

“I want to keep my relationship with Porsche. It’s been such a big part of my career. They gave me a huge opportunity I’ve had to showcase myself on one of the highest levels in motorsport in the world. I’m not looking to leave, that’s clear.”

If Hartley did join Formula E, he would be the second rookie to come out of Porsche following Neel Jani’s recent deal with Dragon Racing.

Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.