Haas retains Fittipaldi as check and reserve driver
Haas F1 has introduced that Pietro Fittipaldi will stay the workforce’s check and reserve driver in 2023 following affirmation of his racing program for the 12 months forward.
The Miami-born Brazilian has been a part of the Haas set-up for the reason that begin of the 2019 season, and began two races for the workforce in 2020 as a substitute for Romain Grosjean after his fiery crash on the Bahrain Grand Prix. He has additionally had quite a few testing outings and accomplished two FP1s final 12 months, serving to him keep as acquainted as doable with the brand new technology of Components 1 automotive.
After chasing an IndyCar seat for this 12 months, Fittipaldi has locked in LMP2 racing applications in each IMSA and the World Endurance Championship, permitting him to proceed within the reserve function, and workforce principal Guenther Steiner says he’s completely suited after adapting properly to the 2022 automotive.
“I’ve mentioned earlier than that continuity and consistency is vital to success in Components 1, and Pietro remaining with the workforce for 2023 makes me consider that we now have sturdy foundations,” Steiner mentioned. “In Components 1, you want to have the ability to react throughout the smallest of margins to any situation, and Pietro is a confirmed performer and is able to step in at any time to get behind the wheel and drive, as he did twice in 2020.
“Final season he took half in pre-season testing, two free-practice periods and post-season testing within the VF-22 and surprisingly, not like many drivers on the grid, he’s mentioned this automotive fits his aggressive type, which is music to my ears when observe time is so restricted. He’s an asset to our workforce so I sit up for seeing his continuation with us this season.”
Steiner waited for Fittipaldi to type his racing future earlier than addressing his function, and the 26-year-old says he enjoys having the ability to contribute to Haas’ latest progress.
“I’m very comfortable to be persevering with with MoneyGram Haas F1 Workforce, a workforce that I contemplate household,” Fittipaldi mentioned. “It will likely be my fifth season in Components 1 because the official reserve and check driver for Haas and I’m super-excited to be going into 2023 coming off the again of a really aggressive season.
“Final 12 months I did two free follow periods, examined at the start of the 12 months and on the finish of season check so we’ve already been in a position to attempt some stuff for the brand new season. I’m excited to see the brand new automotive and new developments, and I hope that we’re in a position to make an excellent larger step ahead with the VF-23.”