The Haas F1 team has confirmed that Louis Deletraz will drive the VF-18 at the post-season Abu Dhabi test. Pirelli hosts a two-day test at the end of every season to try out the new specifications for the following season.
Teams use the test to give young drivers or drivers that will be joining the team in the following season experience. Deletraz, who has been competing in the Formula 2 series over the last two years, will get behind the wheel of Haas' 2018 challenger on day two of the test.
“I’m naturally very excited to make my Formula 1 debut testing in Abu Dhabi,” said the Swiss racer. “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 1 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.”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner added: “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 1 car.
"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.”
Deletraz is racing the 2018 F2 season with Charouz after spending the 2017 season with both Racing Engineering and Rapax. The 21-year-old recorded a best result of second place at Monaco and France earlier this year.
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