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Smooth weekend in Brazil could yield points - Hartley

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Toro Rosso rookie Brendon Hartley believes a run in the points is possible next weekend in Brazil, if he's spared the drama which befell him in Mexico.

Fresh from his WEC drivers' title achieved in China on Sunday, Hartley heads to his third F1 outing after his baptism of fire in Austin and a race in Mexico which ended prematurely after a power unit failure.

"I'm very happy to be heading to Brazil with Toro Rosso," said Hartley who, along with Pierre Gasly, has been confirmed at the Faenza-based outfit until teh end of the season.

"With the help of the team I made big progress in Mexico and I'm confident that, with a little bit more luck than last time out, we can fight for points.

"I'm starting to feel at home in the F1 paddock and São Paulo is a track I enjoyed and know quite well from when I raced there back in 2014 for the final round of the WEC.

"So, all in all, I definitely look forward to my third race weekend in Formula 1, and what will be my fifth race weekend in a row (including WEC)."

Interlagos will be a first for team mate Gasly, who believes a bout of wet Brazilian weather could enhance his and Toro Rosso's chances.

"I'm so excited to be racing in Brazil this week," said Gasly.

"It will be my first time driving in São Paulo, it's such a mythical track... even though I wasn't born, one of my favourite races was when Ayrton Senna won in 1991.

"The weather can be sometimes tricky and I remember many race weekends happening under rain. In terms of performance it will be better for us. I really like wet conditions as well.

"I think the rain would be good for us to spice things up – if it rains, anything can happen."

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