Louis Delétraz looks forward to his first test within an Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi, after seeking advice from Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean.
The Charouz Racing Systems‘ driver will compete in the final round of the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to the final round in F2, Delétraz was announced that he’ll be testing with the Haas team for the post-season test in Abu Dhabi. This will be the Swiss driver’s first experience of Formula 1.
Ahead of the final weekend of the F2 season and his F1 test, Delétraz wants the week to the best week of his life.
“This is the kind of schedule you dream of, racing a fantastic F2 car across three days and then making your F1 test debut at the same track almost straight afterwards,” said Delétraz.
“I’m super excited and fully focused on doing the best job. I want this to be the best week of my life.”
Delétraz’s season has been mixed after a shaky start to the year, the Swiss driver managed to turn his season around with a finishing second in a Charouz one-two with team-mate Antonio Fuoco taking the win. He managed to repeat his best result of the year so far by finishing second in France during the sprint race.
With one race left of the season, Delétraz looks to Yas Marina as like a home race, due to be his main sponsor ADSS coming from the UAE and that he aims to achieve a win or a podium to round off the year.
“We had some podiums and a lot of points during the middle of the season but the results have been tougher for many reasons lately,” Delétraz added.
“Abu Dhabi is kind of a home race for me and my main sponsor, ADSS. It’s a country I love to visit and I really like the track.
“Because we run in the daytime and then the night, the track evolves a lot and you have to understand that to be successful. I was fastest in a number of the test sessions last time I drove at Yas Marina so I’m optimistic I can have a good weekend. As always, I want a win or a podium.”
After completing the final round of F2, Delétraz will have his F1 test with the Haas F1 Team to look forward to. He will drive the VF-18 on the Wednesday as part of the Pirelli tyre test.
Delétraz is excited for the opportunity, stating that he had to keep his F2 and F1 programmes separate in his head due to the different requirements needed between the two series.
“I’m hugely excited for the F1 test and I’ve been working flat-out to ensure I’m fully ready for my running,” sai Louis. “I’ve had to keep my F2 and F1 programmes separate in my head because they require different things from me. F2 is all about pure racing and procedures, whereas my F1 test will be concerned with learning and developing.”
Ahead of his test, Delétraz has spoken to friend, mentor and Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean. Delétraz says that what an F2 cars will be maxed out on an F1 car and looks forward to experiencing it for the first time.
“I’ve spoken to Romain about various things. It’s clear that everything you have on an F2 car is pushed to the limit in an F1 car. And when everything comes together, it makes a huge difference. I’m looking forward to experiencing and feeling that.”