Fittipaldi staying on as Haas reserve driver in 2022

Date published: December 9 2021 - Jon Wilde

Pietro Fittipaldi at the Sakhir GP. Bahrain December 2020.

Pietro Fittipaldi, who drove in the last two F1 races of 2020, is staying on for a fourth season with Haas in 2022.

The Brazilian is the official test and reserve driver for the American-owned team and has attended the majority of grands prix this year and last.

Fittipaldi was called into action at the 2020 Sakhir and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix to deputise for Romain Grosjean, whose horrifying fireball crash in Bahrain ended his Formula 1 career due to the burned hands he sustained. Although Fittipaldi completed both races, he was last of 17 and 19 finishers respectively.

“This was a very straightforward decision for us, to keep Pietro on as our official test and reserve driver,” said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.

“Pietro knows the inner workings of our team very well having been with us for so long now.

“He proved to us last year he was ready to step up and drive when required and obviously his presence in the team this year has brought continuity as well.

“We are delighted to continue our relationship and we look forward to having him on board again in 2022.”

Fittipaldi, 25, added: “I’m naturally very happy and excited again by the opportunity to continue my association with Uralkali Haas F1 Team. I’ve been with the team for a few seasons now and they very much feel like family.

“I’ve learned a lot in my time and I hope I can keep contributing with the introduction of the new generation of Formula 1 car in 2022.

“It will be exciting to see what’s coming with the new package and I’m obviously as keen as the rest of the team to see what the VF-22 will accomplish on track.”

 

Fittipaldi will continue to be the back-up for Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, the rookie duo who have been given a second season with Haas in 2022 when the team hope to move forward from the back of the field under the new regulations.

Born in Miami but holding dual Brazilian-American nationality, Fittipaldi is the grandson of Emerson, the two-time former World Champion.

His younger brother, Enzo, was taken to hospital after a crash during a Formula 2 race in Saudi Arabia last weekend that also involved Theo Pourchaire.

The 20-year-old sustained a fractured heel, while Pourchaire tweeted he had “headache, back pain, knee pain and left foot pain”.