I'd beg to differ really. Perhaps Hartley is really hired just to help with the main focus of development on the Honda PU. When he was hired, Red Bull already knew it was going to be the PU for 2019. At that moment everyone knew the Honda was the weakest on the grid. So it was or still is a big challenge for Red Bull to improve the performance on that Honda PU to another level.Big Tea wrote: ↑Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:28 pmI have to agree with this. Hartley is a nice guy, I would have liked to see him do well, but he was employed as a race driver, his job was to get points on Sunday. Yes, this changed as the year went on, but he was already in place as a race driver by then, not a development driver.
Still nice to see Honda giving him credit though, and I hope they keep him in their sports devision.
I still read that the 2018 season was a transition year with Toro Rosso and Red Bull. They hired Gasly for the future and sheer speed and Hartley for his development experience. Hartley is no slough as well.