Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

Fittipaldi and Deletraz get Haas reserve and virtual driver roles

2020 F1 season

Posted on

| Written by

Haas has named two drivers from Formula 1 families as its reserve drivers for the upcoming season.

Pietro Fittipaldi (pictured) and Louis Deletraz are also likely to drive for the team in next week’s second Virtual Grand Prix.

Fittipaldi, the grandson of 1972 and 1974 F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, tested for the team on three occasions last year. Deletraz’s father Jean-Denis also raced in F1 in the nineties.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said they originally intended to make the announcement during the Australian Grand Prix weekend before the race was cancelled.

“Pietro and Louis have both proven themselves to us over the past 12 months,” said Steiner.

“Their work in the simulator was undoubtedly of value as we faced our challenges last season and we’re excited to continue to present them with further opportunities to expand their relationship with the team in 2020 when we can return to work.

“I look forward to them adding significant input into our own race program supporting Romain [Grosjean] and Kevin [Magnussen] and the whole engineering team with the Haas VF-20.”

Deletraz is also scheduled to compete in Formula 2 this year, though like F1 the championship is on hiatus due to the pandemic.

Don't miss anything new from RaceFans

Follow RaceFans on social media:

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

2020 F1 season

Browse all 2020 F1 season articles

Author information

Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

1 comments on “Fittipaldi and Deletraz get Haas reserve and virtual driver roles”

  1. Deletraz’s father Jean-Denis also raced in F1 in the nineties.

    The phrase “damning with faint praise” springs to mind…

Comments are closed.