Louis Delétraz To Test for Haas F1 Team in Abu Dhabi

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Swiss Formula 2 Racer to Sample Haas VF-18 Nov. 28 at Pirelli Tire Test

Swiss dri­ver Louis Delé­traz will pilot a For­mu­la One car for the first time in his career when he tests for Haas F1 Team Nov. 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, Nov. 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, Nov. 9–11, and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 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.”

A mul­ti­ple kart­ing cham­pi­on in his native Switzer­land, Delé­traz grad­u­at­ed to open-wheel rac­ing in 2012 com­pet­ing in the BMW Tal­ent Cup. He then con­test­ed the For­mu­la Renault 2.0 NEC Cham­pi­onship in 2013, before fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the series a year lat­er, col­lect­ing one win and five podi­ums along the way. In 2015 he was crowned For­mu­la Renault 2.0 NEC Cham­pi­on, tak­ing nine wins from a total of 12 podi­um fin­ish­es across 16 starts. That same sea­son he com­pet­ed in the 2015 For­mu­la Renault 2.0 Eurocup, scor­ing three vic­to­ries to clinch the run­ner-up spot in the fierce­ly con­test­ed cham­pi­onship. Delé­traz pro­gressed to the For­mu­la V8 3.5 Cham­pi­onship in 2016 where he earned ‘Rook­ie of the Year’ hon­ors in a cam­paign that net­ted two wins and nine podi­um appear­ances on his way to sec­ond place in the stand­ings. A rook­ie sea­son in the FIA For­mu­la 2 Cham­pi­onship fol­lowed in 2017, with Delé­traz becom­ing a front-run­ner in the cat­e­go­ry in 2018. He cur­rent­ly sits 11th over­all in the points, with the final dou­ble-head­er round host­ed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 23–25.

 

Via Haas Press Office

 

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