Haas renews interest in Fittipaldi F1 test

Haas is keen to arrange a test for Pietro Fittipaldi at the end of the year now the grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson has returned to IndyCar.

Haas renews interest in Fittipaldi F1 test

Fittipaldi broke his leg in a scary LMP1 crash at Spa-Franchorchamps in May, which interrupted his World Endurance Championship and IndyCar campaigns as well as talks with Haas about a possible F1 test.

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner said he would be willing to resume those talks once Fittipaldi had recovered.

The Brazilian completed his first IndyCar race since the accident last weekend at Mid-Ohio.

“He needs to get comfortable again,” said Steiner in Hungary last week.

“I didn't speak with him after [IndyCar] testing, but I just read what was written in the media, that he felt comfortable.

“I'm going to see him again when I'm back in North Carolina and then we'll see what can be done for the end of the year.

“We were speaking about the possibility of him doing something, and then we stopped when he had his legs broken.

“Now we have to pick it up again to see how he feels about it.”

Steiner visited Fittipaldi prior to F1’s German GP to get an update on his progress.

He said he told the youngster to “get back racing and then we speak again when you feel you are ready again”.

Fittipaldi experienced some leg pain during Mid-Ohio but expects to suffer less at the next two rounds on ovals and will then be 100% for Portland, which is more demanding, in early September.

He told Motorsport.com he is hopeful an F1 role might emerge as a possible 2019 option.

“If there is an opportunity in Formula 1 or IndyCar full-time, I will do that for sure,” said Fittipaldi.

“Formula E is interesting too. But F2 is not something I’m looking at even if I had the opportunity.

“Formula 1 as a reserve driver would be OK, but I still want to be racing something full-time.

“That’s my goal. Anyway, the opportunity to be reserve driver for Haas still has to present itself.

“I spoke to Gunther again a couple of weeks ago and there might be some opportunities to test at the end of the year.

"But the focus for now is IndyCar."

shares
comments
Ferrari still has "a lot to unleash" with 2018 car - Vettel

Previous article

Ferrari still has "a lot to unleash" with 2018 car - Vettel

Next article

Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at the end of 2018

Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at the end of 2018
Load comments
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Prime

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Prime

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Prime

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Prime

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Italian Grand Prix driver ratings

Two drivers produced faultless performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left many to rue what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Prime

Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Prime

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of "glory" if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1's other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021
How Formula 1 has made itself unattractive to new teams Prime

How Formula 1 has made itself unattractive to new teams

OPINION: The Formula 1 cost cap has been billed as a saviour to several teams and helped to guarantee their viability for investors. But there already exists another mechanism that effectively had the same purpose, and serves as a strong deterrent for those with the means to go it alone in setting up a new team

Formula 1
Sep 10, 2021