Riyadh debut for Formula E star signing

Brendon Hartley
Updated 08 August 2019

Riyadh debut for Formula E star signing

  • Brendon Hartley will make his Formula E debut with the Los Angeles-based squad in Riyadh

JEDDAH: Geox Dragon’s latest signing, double FIA World Endurance champion and former Formula One driver Brendon Hartley, will make his Formula E debut with the Los Angeles-based squad in Riyadh in November.

Hartley’s signing — the first of two drivers for the US team — comes ahead of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The New Zealand ace’s rookie season in Formula E follows on the heels of a successful run in top tier hybrid-powered race cars, including Formula One and the LMP1 category of sportscar racing, where he won two WEC Championships, and scored 12, including a 24 Hours of Le Mans outright victory in 2017.

Hartley is renowned for his technical skills, and will bring his experience developing and competing with electrified powertrains to the development of the latest Penske Autosport vehicle. He will feature prominently in the US manufacturer’s development work this summer before making his race debut behind the wheel of the Penske EV-4 this November in Riyadh.

Hartley said: “I’m happy to be taking on a new challenge in Formula E together with Geox Dragon racing. Formula E is totally different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me a head start as a rookie.

“I’ve always been a fan of street tracks and FE has some of the wildest I’ve seen. That together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be. I’ve already started working with most of the Geox Dragon team, and I have a strong feeling that we can share some good success together in the coming season.”

Jay Penske, owner of Geox Dragon and Penske Autosport, said: “Brendon is a real racer. His unique combination of experience, intellect and racecraft will allow him to maximize the potential of the new Penske EV-4 powertrain.

“Most importantly, he shares our hunger and determination to take the fight to the incredible field of major manufacturers this season.”


Al-Hilal players to arrive in Tokyo on Sunday for AFC Champions League final second leg

Updated 16 November 2019

Al-Hilal players to arrive in Tokyo on Sunday for AFC Champions League final second leg

  • Al-Hilal’s director of football Saud Kariri said that anything is possible
  • Blues captain Mohammad Al-Shalhoub said the players were unfortunate not to be further ahead

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal will arrive in the Japanese capital Tokyo on Sunday Nov. 17 to prepare for their AFC Champions League final second leg against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds at Saitama Stadium.
Al-Hilal enter the second leg under less pressure than their Japanese counterpart, having secured a narrow 1-0 win in the first leg in Riyadh last Sunday.
Al-Hilal players remain optimistic about the final, according to sources, and are looking to avenge losses in 2014 and 2017 finals, when they lost 1-0 in Australia and went down to next week’s opponents Urawa.
Blues captain Mohammad Al-Shalhoub said the players were unfortunate not to be further ahead after the game in Riyadh after wasting many opportunities and coming out with one goal, stressing that they are required to concentrate more in Saitama.
“We will be well-prepared to play against Urawa in the second leg through the camp we will set up in Japan to win the final,” he said.
Al-Hilal’s director of football Saud Kariri said that anything is possible during the 90-minute game at the Saitama Stadium, adding: “We hope our players are lucky to invest well in the opportunities and make it difficult for our opponent to score an early goal.”
The 2019 AFC Champions League Final at Saitama Stadium is expected to see a huge crowd, especially after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced four airplanes will transport Al-Hilal’s fans to support the players in Japan.