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Pietro Fittipaldi Signed As Haas F1 Team 2019 Test Driver
Haas F1 Team has signed Pietro Fittipaldi as its official 2019 test driver.
The 22-year-old, a grandson of two-time FIA Formula One World Champion and double Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, will join the team at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Nov. 9-11, and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 23-25, ahead of time of driving the VF-18 on the opening day of Pirelli’s two-day tire test.
“I’m pleased to welcome Pietro Fittipaldi to Haas F1 Team and we look forward to working with him,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “He brings a championship-winning pedigree from his junior open-wheel career, and more recently he has acquitted himself well running in the IndyCar series. We’re happy to provide Pietro his first test in a Formula One car off the back of those experiences. His subsequent role testing, and the feedback he’ll provide in support of our 2019 campaign, will no doubt further contribute to Haas F1 Team’s growth and development in Formula One.”
He graduated to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2016, scoring three podiums, and raced in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship, winning the series. He won the Formula V8 3.5 Championship in 2017 with six wins, 10 podiums, and a series-record 10 pole positions.
In the wake of breaking the two legs in an accident in May’s World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. He came back to his IndyCar toward the end of July, making five more starts with a best complete of ninth place at the Grand Prix of Portland in September.
“I’m extremely appreciative to have secured a role with Haas F1 Team as their test driver,” said Fittipaldi. “I’d like to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for the opportunity to join the team. They’ve done an incredible job in Formula One, and to ask me to play a role in their continued success is naturally very exciting. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the VF-18 in Abu Dhabi. I’ll carry that experience forward into 2019, and hopefully into a race seat in Formula One in the future.”
Source: Haas F1 Team