Hartley targets a long career in F1
Hartley, who agreed with Toro Rosso after a surprise entry to F1, has already said he is aiming to continue after the 2018 season.
Former Porsche LMP1 driver Hartley competed with Toro Rosso in the last four races of the past season and then agreed on a full-time basis for the 2018 season. Hartley entered Formula One eight years after leaving Red Bull's young pilot program, becoming a 28-year-old rookie pilot.
Having achieved special conditions for his F1 seat, Hartley said he was starting to think about the future in Formula 1 after this season and that he was aiming for more than a year on the spud.
When Hartley was asked about the future after 2018, he said, "It was a long time ago."
"Getting out of the first grand prix race and then being a full time pilot was a dream for me, but then," OK, now Formula 1, how do I do it the best. How can I keep developing? ' you are starting to think.
"It might be better to take one step at a time and focus on just one race, but I feel much more prepared than last year and I'm really ready for this new fight with Toro Rosso Honda."
Having returned to the single-seat series after a five-year hiatus, Hartley explained how Porsche's highly technical nature of the LMP1 program helped him prepare for F1.
Hartley said, "Driving with Porsche in the LMP1 over the past four years is a great preparation for me, and competing at Le Mans for Porsche brings along a serious pressure, so I feel I am ready to enter Formula 1, which is extremely high pressure."
"You are working with 20, 30 engineers on the racetrack, a similar number of people, similar processes, meetings, mechanics and media especially at Le Mans."
"I also had the chance to learn a lot from them because I competed with them against drivers like Mark [Webber] and Timo [Bernhard]."
"Although I have entered Formula 1 unconventionally, I hope this shows that I am the right person and that things go well." said.