Haas will test Formula 2 driver Louis Deletraz during the Abu Dhabi tire test at the end of this season.
All teams will get to test the 2019 Pirelli tires over two days following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Haas will run Deletraz on the second day of the test, with the team yet to confirm who will drive on the opening day.
Deletraz is currently 11th in this year’s F2 championship having scored two podiums for Charouz Racing System. The 21-year-old will get his first taste of an F1 car in Abu Dhabi, supported by local financial services company ADSS, which will have its logo on the VF-18 during the final race weekend and test.
“I’m naturally very excited to make my Formula 1 debut testing in Abu Dhabi,” Deletraz said. “I’m grateful to both Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to test with Haas F1 Team. I’m equally appreciative of ADSS Group’s support in what is another key step in my overall goal of becoming a Formula 1 driver.
“It’s the perfect way to end my 2018 season, one in which I’ve continued to develop and showcase my credentials. I’m looking forward to spending time with Haas F1 Team in Brazil and Abu Dhabi prior to driving the VF-18. I’m sure it will be a memorable experience as I work with the team running Pirelli’s 2019 tire line-up.”
Team principal Guenther Steiner says Deletraz has performed well in F2, with podiums in Monaco and France coming in a season Steiner rates as one of the toughest.
“This is a good opportunity for Louis Deletraz to progress his racing career and it’s always a special occasion earning your debut in a Formula 1 car,” Steiner said. “He has enjoyed a solid 2018 season competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, amidst possibly one of the strongest fields in recent years.
“We look forward to welcoming Louis into the team along with ADSS Group at their home Grand Prix. I’m sure he will acquit himself with the same drive and determination that has brought him success throughout his career to-date.”
RACER understands Haas will announce its full testing line-up next week.