Formula 2 racer Louis Deletraz will make his Formula 1 test debut later this month after being confirmed as part of Haas’ line-up for the end-of-year Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi.

Deletraz, 21, was runner-up in Formula 3.5 in 2016, and has spent the last two years racing in F2, recording two podium finishes so far this season.

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Deletraz will spend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend as part of the Haas team ahead of his F1 test debut on the second of the two days of running at the Yas Marina Circuit, which marks the final chance for teams to get to grips with the tyre compounds that will be used for 2019.

“I’m naturally very excited to make my Formula One debut testing in Abu Dhabi. I’m grateful to both Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to test with Haas F1 Team,” Deletraz said.

“I’m equally appreciative of ADSS Group’s support in what is another key step in my overall goal of becoming a Formula One driver. It’s the perfect way to end my 2018 season, one in which I’ve continued to develop and showcase my credentials.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with Haas F1 Team in Brazil and Abu Dhabi prior to driving the VF-18. I’m sure it will be a memorable experience as I work with the team running Pirelli’s 2019 tyre line-up.”

“This is a good opportunity for Louis Delétraz to progress his racing career and it’s always a special occasion earning your debut in a Formula One car,” said Haas F1 team boss Günther Steiner.

“He has enjoyed a solid 2018 season competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, amidst possibly one of the strongest fields in recent years. We look forward to welcoming Louis into the team along with ADSS Group at their home Grand Prix.

“I’m sure he will acquit himself with the same drive and determination that has brought him success throughout his career to-date."

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