Haas F1 Test and Reserve Driver Pietro Fittipaldi will drive for the team at the Mexican and Abu Dhabi GP in the FP1 sessions, the American outfit confirmed on Tuesday.
Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi will step back in the cockpit of the VF-22 for the first time since pre-season testing, held in Bahrain earlier in 2022, fulfilling his driving duties as test and reserve driver for Haas F1 Team in Mexico and Abu Dhabi FP1 sessions.
Following the announcement made by the American squad, Fittipaldi commented: “I’m very happy to be driving the VF-22 and this time during race weekends - FP1 in Mexico and Abu Dhabi. I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to putting in some comprehensive running for the team.”
According to the Sporting Regulations, updated by the FIA ahead of the 2022 season, all Formula One teams must run rookie drivers - with no more than two race starts in the series, during FP1 on at least two occasions throughout the year.
The new rule intends to create new opportunities for young drivers to show their potential at the pinnacle of motorsport.
In that regard, Fittipaldi, in his fourth season with the squad, is still eligible to drive for the team for the two mandated sessions under the ‘rookie’ status.
The 26-year-old started two Grand Prix in December 2020 (Sakhir and Abu Dhabi), subbing in for injured Romain Grosjean, contesting his maiden racing weekend as a Formula One driver.
The teams are free to choose when to use one or two different rookie drivers to comply with the mandatory sessions.
The successful partnership between the grandson of two-time Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and Haas began in 2019 and extends to the present day.
By the end of the 2021 season, the Brazilian stepped foot in the 2019 ‘mule’ car on the second day of the Pirelli test in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina, taking over for former Haas driver Nikita Mazepin, who tested positive for Covid-19 at the time.
The two-day test allowed the teams to test the final specification of the Pirelli 18-inch tires, introduced this season in the series.
Thus far into the season, Haas, powered by Ferrari, sits eighth in the constructor’s championship with 34 points; both full-time drivers, Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen have added to the outfit’s points tally.
The last four Grand Prix of the season will take place in the United States (Austin, Texas), Mexico (Mexico City), Brazil (Sao Paulo), and Adu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).