Leclerc relinquishes Haas FP1 run for GP3 title showdown

Date published: November 18 2016 - Editor

Preferring to concentrate on the GP3 title, Ferrari development driver Charles Leclerc has decided to skip his final FP1 run for Haas as he aims to defend his lead on the GP3 Championship table.

So far in 2016, the Monte-Carlo born driver has participated in four free practice sessions with the American team, stepping into the seat in Britain, Hungary, Germany and Brazil.

Announcing the news on his Twitter account, Leclerc said it would have been too much of a rush jumping from Formula 1 straight into GP3 qualifiers.

"A really hard decision to make but I won't be driving in Abu Dhabi during the Free Practice 1 with Haas because of the timetable," Leclerc posted.

"I want to be 100% focused on my GP3 title. Doing the FP1 would have meant I had to jump from the F1 straight into GP3's qualifying."

Leclerc was rumoured for a drive in Formula 1 next season, but Haas boss Guenther Steiner revealed that the teenager will go into GP2 rather.