Brendon Hartley was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand into a motor sport family. He began racing karts at the age of 6, following in his brother Nelson’s footsteps. In 2003 Brendon got his first major break as he won that year’s New Zealand Formula Ford Festival which netted him a drive in the following year’s Formula Ford championship.
After a season in Formula Toyota New Zealand, Hartley moved to Europe, competing in Formula Renault and winning the European title in his second year.
In 2007 Hartley also made his Formula 3 debut in the Masters at Zolder finishing 4th. This led to a test with A1 Team New Zealand and the role of rookie driver for the series. In 2008, Hartley competed in the British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin Motorsport, winning five times and eventually finished the championship in third place. He stayed with Carlin for the full F3 Euroseries in 2009, switching to Formula Renault 3.5 for 2010 with Tech 1 Racing.
For 2011, Hartley stayed in the series with Gravity-Charouz Racing, while also competing in GP2 with Ocean Racing Technology team where he stayed for 2012.
In 2012 Hartley started his Endurance racing career debuting in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2015 Brendon raced for Porsche winning the 2015 and 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. He also won the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours and was second in 2015 sharing the car with Timo Bernhard, former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber and fellow Kiwi Earl Bamber.
Hartley debuted in Formula 1 in 2017 when he replaced Pierre Gasly at Scuderia Toro Rosso at the US Grand Prix. He went on to race for the Italian squad until the end of the season and the for the 2018 campaign.
From 2019 Brendon Hartley has joined Scuderia Ferrari in the role of Development Driver.