Brendon Hartley is trying not to overthink his recent rise and success after making his Formula 1 debut and winning his second FIA World Endurance Championship title in the last three weeks, as he continues to balance commitments in both series.Entering his sixth racing weekend in a row in Brazil with Toro Rosso,

Porsche LMP1 driver Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso to make his surprise F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix, but was back in sports car action last weekend in Shanghai as he clinched his second WEC drivers' championship.

Even after a busy and successful period, Hartley is refusing to dwell on all that has happened, with the regular racing commitments ensuring he has little time to think too much about things.

"I'm trying not to overthink it. Even winning the championship, it hasn't really sunk it, I haven't had time to reflect. It probably helps that I'm just going from one weekend to the next," Hartley said.

"It won't be until I get home at the end of the year, after all the racing's over, that I'll be able to fully reflect and understand what's happened to me.

"I mean I'm well aware that making my grand prix debut, Le Mans victory and the World Endurance Championship - they're all amazing things but at the moment I'm just trying to take one step at a time, try to stay focussed and catch up on as much sleep as I can."

Hartley's attention has now turned back to F1 for this weekend Brazilian Grand Prix, where he is targeting his first points finishing after scoring a best result of 13th through his opening two races.

"I think as a driver you try and get the most out of whatever the situation is. For this weekend, I've got a firm goal of scoring my first point in Formula 1 and that would be celebrated," the New Zealander said.

"I think so far from my experience in my two grands prix I've had a lot to learn, I've had a lot of small goals along the way so from my point of view it doesn't change much.

"Over a weekend, with the team, you can guarantee every single person at Toro Rosso is working to get the most out of the weekend, whatever's possible so it doesn't really change."

Hartley did admit his Porsche LMP1 car had started to feel more alien than his Toro Rosso, having jumped back into his usual LMP1 racer last weekend for the first time in three weeks.

"It was actually surprisingly tricky to jump back in the car - I thought I was going to feel right at home, from spending my last four years there but it took a couple of laps for it to feel comfortable again," Hartley said.

"The seat position's quite different from Formula 1, having a roof over your head is a different perspective. But yeah, nice to get back in and be back at home."

 

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