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Robert Shwartzman to roll with Haas F1 at Abu Dhabi tests

Ferrari appointed Robert Shwartzman as Haas F1 driver for rookie tests to be held in Abu Dhabi once the Formula 1 championship is over. The pact es


Ferrari appointed Robert Shwartzman as Haas F1 driver for rookie tests to be held in Abu Dhabi once the Formula 1 championship is over. The pact established between both teams will allow the Russian driver to participate in the tests and thus emulate Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott, who also had that privilege by belonging to the Ferrari Academy. Shwartzman is currently third in Formula 2, but there are no prospects, at least in the short term, of climbing to Formula 1.

Shwartzman was appointed Ferrari test driver last year and his participation in the exclusive rookie sessions was announced in 2021, but it was not mentioned which team was going to give up the car, hence the announcement that it will being with Haas F1 draws attention. A 2019 Formula 3 champion, the 22-year-old Russian has excelled in Formula 2 since entering the category. However, in which in theory it would be his year of consecration watches as his partner Oscar Piastri leads the season in his debut year.

For Gunther Steiner, director of Haas F1, the tests for Shwartzman will represent a very important evaluation since he previously did not lose sight of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, starters of the team, even beat his compatriot in the drivers’ standings. As with Illot last year, Ferrari has not announced what its plans will be for Shwartzman once its participation in Formula 2 concludes, so we will have to keep an eye on the decision of the leadership of the driver program.

In the words of Robert Shwartzman:

First of all, I would like to thank the Haas F1 team and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this great opportunity. This will be my first test with the Haas F1 Team and I am looking forward to meeting a new team, environment and also to learn as much as possible. Having the opportunity to drive for another F1 team is just amazing and I can’t wait to work with all of them.

Via | Ferrari