Fittipaldi ‘waiting’ on Kubica for Haas decision

Michelle Foster
Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi is waiting to hear from Haas whether he will continue with the team next season amidst rumours Robert Kubica could take up a test driver role.

Fittipaldi signed as Haas’ test driver for this year’s championship, the Brazilian driving the VF19 during pre-season testing.

He was back in action during the in-season Bahrain test.

Fittipaldi is keen to continue with the team in 2020, however, he does not have the Super License points required to take up their reserve driver role.

As such the team is exploring other options with Kubica heavily linked to Haas in recent weeks.

“I’m waiting on (Kubica) to see what happens there,” Fittipaldi told Racer.

“I don’t know what the rumours are, what’s going on. That is a key part of it as well.

“I’d like to continue with the team and I’m pretty confident it’ll happen.

“But then I don’t know where Robert will play into it as well; if it’s going to happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to be without a role.”

Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time F1 World Champion Emerson, is hoping that if he does continue with Haas it will include Friday practice runs as those are worth Super License points.

“For sure if I continue with Haas I would like an increased role,” he continued.

“The Super License is something I’m working on, but as soon as I get that I would like to be the reserve driver for the team.

“One step at a time though and I know there’s no in-season testing next year, so free practices will be important.

“So for sure I’d like to continue what I’m doing and then do more for next year.

“I’m four points away from getting that Super License.

“If we complete four FP1s next year then we get the points, but then there’s also other ways to race in a championship to get points. It’s important we get it.”

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