The Haas F1 Team announced on Friday that they have signed Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi as their official test and reserve driver for the 2019 Formula One season. Fittipaldi, the grandson of former Formula One champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emmerson Fittipaldi will get his first opportunity to test the 2018 Haas F1 car at the season ending Abu Dhabi test on November 27.
Fittipaldi spent 2018 competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing and was also competing in the World Endurance Championship before he broke both his legs in a crash at the Spa Francorchamps circuit.
Speaking about the announcement, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner said:
I’m pleased to welcome Pietro Fittipaldi to Haas F1 Team and we look forward to working with him. “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.
Fittipaldi who made six starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing this season will join his new team mate’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and again at the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in two weeks time.
Fittipaldi will also take part in all driver briefings with the team. Speaking about the news, the Brazilian said:
“I’m extremely appreciative to have secured a role with Haas F1 Team as their test driver. “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.