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F1 | Pietro Fittipaldi to replace Grosjean in the Sakhir GP weekend

Haas announces the young Fittipaldi to race at Grosjean's place during the Sakhir weekend.

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F1 | Pietro Fittipaldi to replace Grosjean in the Sakhir GP weekend
Fuente imagen: Haas official Twitter account

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrein GP but although he proved once more his strenght and he got even closer to the remarkable achievement of the 100th Grand Prix victory in Formula 1, the world claps at another hero. Romain Grosjean committed an aggressive move that could have end in a tragedy. He remain pinned in the barriers, covered in fire and he could get out alive by miracle and a repentine action from the FIA.

The French is fine and luckily reported only some minor burns on his hands, so even though he is still under the cares of the local Hospital he will be able to recover fastly but not that much to make him able to race in this weekend race, the second appointment of Formula 1 in Bahrain, the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Haas choose Pietro Fittipaldi as Romain Grosjean's substitute. The young driver has an important name and he will be the one who will get back the Fittipaldi name in the Circus after Emerson.

After it was decided that the best thing for Romain (Grosjean) was to skip at least one race, the choice to put Pietro (Fittipaldi) in the car was pretty easy,- said Haas' team pricipal Guenther Steiner - Pietro will drive the VF-20 and he’s familiar with us having been around the team for the past two seasons as a test and reserve driver. It’s the right thing to do and it’s obviously a good opportunity for him. He’s been patient and was always prepared for this opportunity – and now it has come. That’s why we want him in the car and I’m sure he’ll do a good job. It’s very demanding being called in at the last minute, but as I said, I think it’s the right thing to do for Haas F1 Team.”


The Brazilian driver will have a great opportunity to prove his cold nerves and to have an important chance to steal some minor Formula 1 teams' eyes for the next season.

"Most importantly I’m happy Romain (Grosjean) is safe and healthy- Fittipaldi remarked when asked about how he feels - We’re all very happy his injuries are relatively minor after such a huge incident. Obviously, it’s not an ideal set of circumstances to get my first opportunity to compete in Formula 1, but I’m extremely grateful to Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their faith in putting me behind the wheel this weekend. I’ve been with the team a lot this season, both trackside and working on simulator sessions, so I’m familiar with the team’s operating procedures on a grand prix weekend. It’s going to be exciting to make my first career start in Formula 1 – I’ll be giving it my all and I look forward to starting in free practice on Friday in Bahrain.”

It will be interesting to add another young note to Formula 1 grid and he could add freshness in a Grand Prix that will be psychologically demanding for the more experienced drivers too after that the hot blow of death blew on the Bahrain desert on this Sunday.

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