F2 podium finisher Louis Delétraz will pilot a Formula One car for the first time in his career when he tests for Haas F1 Team November 28 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The 21-year-old from Geneva, Switzerland will participate in the second of two scheduled Pirelli test days, November 27-28, running the Italian company’s 2019 tire compounds. Delétraz, a two-time podium finisher in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship with Charouz Racing System, will begin his preparations by spending the Brazilian Grand Prix, November 9-11, and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, November 23-25, embedded with Haas F1 Team familiarizing himself with team personnel and operations.
Delétraz’s participation in the test is supported by Abu Dhabi-based ADSS Group – the logo of the financial services company featuring on both Haas VF-18s for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the following test.
“I’m naturally very excited to make my Formula One debut testing in Abu Dhabi,” said Delétraz, who scored second-place podium finishes in Monaco and France this season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. “I’m grateful to both Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to test with Haas F1 Team. I’m equally appreciative of ADSS Group’s support in what is another key step in my overall goal of becoming a Formula One driver. It’s the perfect way to end my 2018 season, one in which I’ve continued to develop and showcase my credentials. I’m looking forward to spending time with Haas F1 Team in Brazil and Abu Dhabi prior to driving the VF-18. I’m sure it will be a memorable experience as I work with the team running Pirelli’s 2019 tire line-up.”
“This is a good opportunity for Louis Delétraz to progress his racing career and it’s always a special occasion earning your debut in a Formula One car,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “He has enjoyed a solid 2018 season competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, amidst possibly one of the strongest fields in recent years. We look forward to welcoming Louis into the team along with ADSS Group at their home Grand Prix. I’m sure he will acquit himself with the same drive and determination that has brought him success throughout his career to-date.”
Haas F1 Team press release