Cape Town - Days after dropping Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso have
publicly thanked the New Zealander for his efforts, saying him well in his
Following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toro Rosso
announced that Formula 2 driver Alex Albon would race alongside Daniil Kvyat
The announcement brought an end to Hartley's time in Formula
It had, however, been anything but a success with the
29-year-old managing just four points while his team-mate Pierre Gasly scored
Toro Rosso, though, have praised for his hard work and help
in developing the Honda power unit.
"We would like to thank Brendon for his hard work with
the team," said team boss Franz Tost.
"It was not an easy task to move from sports cars to
Formula 1, especially at short notice.
"His consistency over the final four races of 2017
earned him a 2018 race seat and, while ultimately we were not able to continue
into 2019, he has been a key part of the team and aided the development of the
"We wish him all the best in his future
Hartley is being tipped to return to sportscars where he won
the 2015 and 2017 World Endurance Championship with Porsche.