Ex-Formula 1 pilot in the WEC: Rehabilitation or Mercy Bread?
Can ex-Formula 1 drivers rehabilitate themselves in the WEC or is the series just a siding for these pilots? Brendon Hartley analyzes the situation
Brendon Hartley’s career is reminiscent of a rollercoaster ride: having never made his breakthrough in Formula 1 and having been kicked out of the Red Bull programme in 2010, he joined Porsche for the World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the factory team he won the world championship twice. In 2017, the New Zealander succeeded in returning to the royal class at Toro Rosso. For him, the stopover at the WEC was a kind of rehabilitation.
Daniil Kwjat has met a similar fate: the Russian lost his Formula 1 cockpit last year and is now without a regular place. However, it will be used as a test driver for Ferrari. However, his further motorsport programme for the 2018 season has not yet been decided. How would a possible step into the WEC affect him?
When asked if Kwjat could benefit from his involvement in long-distance sports, Hartley replies to ESPN:”I think so. The WEC helped him to prepare himself mentally and driver-wise for a Formula 1 comeback.
“Many young pilots simply blame their failure on the equipment or the team,”says the Toro Rosso pilot,”and long-distance sport helps to stop it. You have two teammates driving the same car. Then the process would begin to learn from each other and develop step by step.
The environment in the WEC is also something very special, explains Hartley. If that’s the case, you talk to your faster colleague and evaluate the situation,”continues the Formula 1 driver,” so I learned a lot. The long-distance sport would give drivers the important lesson of accepting that there are faster pilots,”This helps them to become a perfect driver.”
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