Brendon Hartley's father slams Ferrari 'rumours'

Brendon Hartley's father has slammed "rumours" the ousted Toro Rosso racer will become a simulator driver for Ferrari.

After a year on the grid, Le Mans winner Hartley has lost his place in Red Bull's Formula 1 programme but remains in Porsche's motor racing stable.

'Where do they get this stuff from'

However, Italy's Corriere dello Sport reported this week that the 29-year-old New Zealander was a top candidate to replace Daniil Kvyat as a Ferrari test driver.

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"Where do they get this stuff from? It's just rumours," Hartley's father Bryan told Newshub.

"It's not the direction we are looking in at all," he insisted.

Hartley's father, himself a former racing driver, said Brendon is currently holidaying in New Zealand.