Brendon Hartley described the cornering abilities of the current generation of Formula One cars is “mind-blowing” compared to what he had experienced before.
The 27-year-old won the World Endurance Championship last weekend and raced his LMP1 Porsche at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this year before making his F1 debut at the track. But he said he was amazed by the performance of his Toro Rosso on the same circuit.
“A big shock was high-speed [corners] just in terms of driving the car, it was quite amazing,” he said during today’s FIA press conference in Brazil.
“These modern Formula One cars, how quick they are in the first sector, that was pretty mind-blowing. It took some time to get confidence. For the drivers driving week in and week out you always want more grip, you always want more power, but coming straight in was quite a shock to the system.”
Hartley’s quickest lap during the F1 weekend was almost eight seconds quicker than the best time set by his Porsche 919 in the WEC round at the track. However he said there were no other big surprises in his switch between the two categories.
“Other than that there was no huge surprises in terms of difficulties. I knew it was going to be a challenge. I knew putting together a Formula One weekend is tough. I know the level of driver and teams is the highest you can find.”
Hartley is in the middle of seven consecutive weekends of racing in the WEC and F1 which began at Fuji on October 15th. He will drive in next weekend’s WEC’s season finale in Bahrain before returning for the last grand prix of the year in Abu Dhabi the weekend after.
He said he is aiming for his first top ten finish at Interlagos on Sunday.
“This weekend I have a firm goal of scoring my first point in Formula One,” he said. “That would be celebrated.”
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