Ferrari Driver Academy member Charles Leclerc has been handed his F1 debut as he prepares for a series of FP1 outings starting at the British Grand Prix.
The 18-year-old is highly-rated as a future F1 star and last March was inducted into the Ferrari Driver Academy and acts as a development driver for both Ferrari and Haas.
The current GP3 Series-championship leader will receive five FP1 outings in place of regular Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez starting at Silverstone before reappearing in Hungary, Germany, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.
Leclerc is relishing the chance to prove himself in an F1 car and has thanked Gutierrez for stepping aside to enable him to take up the opportunity to impress.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get seat time in a Formula One car and I can't thank Haas F1 Team and Esteban enough,” Leclerc said. “I'm honoured by the faith Haas F1 Team and Ferrari have in me. This is an important step toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Formula One driver.”
“Charles Leclerc is highly regarded by Ferrari and his record speaks for itself,” Gunther Steiner, Haas team principal, said. “We're happy to provide this opportunity and help develop the next generation of Formula One drivers. Credit also goes to Esteban for sharing his car and serving as a mentor to Charles.”