Pietro Fittipaldi to drive VF-23 for Pirelli Tire Test at Silverstone CircuitJune 15, 2023
MoneyGram Haas F1 Team will be participating in the test on July 11 & 12, with its full roster of drivers sampling the prototype tires for next season.
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will take the Tuesday morning and afternoon session respectively on the first day of testing, while Fittipaldi will take on driving responsibilities for both sessions on the Wednesday.
The Brazilian has vast experience behind the wheel of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team cars, previously testing the VF-18 and VF-19 before jumping into the cockpit to race at the final two rounds of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, substituting in the VF-20 for Romain Grosjean. In 2022, Fittipaldi drove in pre-season and post-season testing, as well as participating in two free-practice sessions in Mexico City and Abu Dhabi.
Fittipaldi – grandson of two-time FIA Formula 1 World Champion and double Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi – has been Official Test and Reserve Driver to MoneyGram Haas F1 Team for five seasons. For the 2023 season, the Brazilian is keeping race-fit with drives in both the IMSA Sports Car Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, where he achieved a front-row LMP2 start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last week.
“There aren’t many reserve drivers who have the experience Pietro has, so his feedback on the VF-23 will prove invaluable to us,” stated Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. “Pietro has always had an impressive work ethic and his passion to learn and support the team in its objectives has been key in his continuation with us. His full calendar of two other race programs only benefits MoneyGram Haas F1 Team and providing him time in this year’s challenger means he’s once again ready for any eventuality.”
“I’m very happy to be back behind the wheel of a MoneyGram Haas F1 Team car, this time in Silverstone,” said Pietro Fittipaldi. “It’s going to be exciting for me because I’ve never driven a Formula 1 car around Silverstone and I think that’s one of the most classic tracks in the sport. Just as I’m excited, I’m also focused on doing a great job for the team, trying to learn as much as possible for them in terms of car development. The Pirelli tire test is going to be an important test and I’m very much looking forward to doing a great job for Haas. I want to thank the team for the opportunity to drive the VF-23.”