Leclerc gives up Abu Dhabi FP1 outing with Haas

Charles Leclerc has given up on driving for the Haas Formula 1 team in free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver was scheduled to replace Esteban Gutierrez alongside Romain Grosjean in first practice at Yas Marina.

However, Leclerc announced on Thursday that he will not be driving the F1 car during the weekend, as he wants to focus on his GP3 duties.

The 19-year-old is currently leading the standings by 29 points from Alexander Albon with just the Abu Dhabi round remaining.

"A really hard decision to make but I won't be driving in Abu Dhabi during the Free Practice 1 with [Haas] because of the timetable," Leclerc wrote on Twitter.

"I want to be 100 percent focused on my GP3 title. Doing the FP1 would have meant I had to jump from the F1 straight into GP3's qualifying."

Leclerc has previously driven for Haas in FP1 in Britain, Hungary, Germany and Brazil.

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Charles Leclerc
Teams Haas F1 Team
Article type Breaking news