Pietro Fittipaldi will continue as Haas’ official test and reserve driver for the 2023 F1 season alongside his racing duties.

Having joined Haas in 2019, Fittipaldi will continue with the team as its official test and reserve driver for another year in 2023 which will be his fifth year together. In the four years till now, the Brazilian has managed to make his F1 debut with them.

He filled in for injured Romain Grosjean while he has also undertaken several test runs. For 2023, Fittipaldi will be trackside in support while racing in the LMP2 class for full-time in WEC and in selected events in the American IMSA series.

It is to be seen if he has any F1 test run. “I’m very happy to be continuing with MoneyGram Haas F1 Team, a team that I consider family,” said Fittipaldi. “It will be my fifth season in Formula 1 as the Official Reserve & Test Driver for Haas and I’m super excited to be going into 2023 coming off the back of a very competitive season.

“Last year I did two free practice sessions, tested at the beginning of the year and at the end of season test so we’ve already been able to try some stuff for the new season. I’m excited to see the new car and new developments, and I hope that we’re able to make an even bigger step forward with the VF-23,” summed up Fittipaldi.

Team boss Guenther Steiner added: “I’ve said before that continuity and consistency is key to success in Formula 1 and Pietro remaining with the team for 2023 makes me believe that we have strong foundations. In Formula 1, you need to be able to react within the smallest of margins to any scenario, and Pietro is a proven performer and is ready to step in at any time to get behind the wheel and drive, as he did twice in 2020.

“Last season he took part in pre-season testing, two free-practice sessions and post-season testing in the VF-22 and surprisingly unlike many drivers on the grid, he’s said this car suits his aggressive style, which is music to my ears when track time is so limited. He’s an asset to our team so I look forward to seeing his continuation with us this season.”

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