Brendon Hartley believes that a tough first four races in Formula 1 was the perfect way for him to experience the sport first hand. The Kiwi was drafted in by Toro Rosso for the US Grand Prix before closing out the season with the Red Bull junior team.

The 28-year-old will race full-time next year alongside Pierre Gasly after six years in the World Endurance Championship. Hartley’s first four races in F1 were a rough affair, with a number of engine penalties demoting him to the back of the field after qualifying.

He failed to pick up any points in a Toro Rosso that struggled at the back end of the 2017 season.

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