Haas have announced Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time world champion Emerson, will join the team as their 2019 test driver.
The American, who won the 2017 Formula V8 3.5 title and has WEC, IndyCar and Super Formula drives on his CV, was in talks with Haas earlier in the season until a broken leg put all plans on hold.
But, following the conclusion of FP1 at Interlagos, Haas confirmed Fittipaldi will be finally joining the team and getting his first experience in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi before becoming their 2019 test driver.
“I’m extremely appreciative to have secured a role with Haas F1 Team as their test driver,” said Fittipaldi.
“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 1, 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 1 in the future.”
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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said Fittipaldi’s “championship-winning pedigree” was a very attractive quality to add to the team.
“I’m pleased to welcome Pietro Fittipaldi to Haas F1 Team and we look forward to working with him,” said Steiner.
“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 1 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 1.”