Leclerc gets Haas practice outings

By on Friday, June 24, 2016
GP3 Series

GP3 Series

Haas has confirmed that Ferrari young driver Charles Leclerc will make his Formula 1 debut during the British Grand Prix weekend, when he drives during the first free practice session.

Leclerc, 18, has linked up with Haas to rack up Formula 1 experience alongside his campaign in the GP3 Series.

Leclerc will replace Esteban Gutierrez during the first practice session at Silverstone, and conduct further outings in Hungary, Germany, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to get seat time in a Formula 1 car and I can’t thank Haas and Esteban enough," said Leclerc.

"I’m honoured by the faith Haas and Ferrari have in me. This is an important step toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Formula 1 driver."

Haas boss Guenther Steiner heaped praise on Leclerc ahead of his practice debut.

"Charles is highly regarded by Ferrari and his record speaks for itself," said Steiner.

"We’re happy to provide this opportunity and help develop the next generation of Formula 1 drivers. Credit also goes to Esteban for sharing his race car and serving as a mentor to Charles."

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