Haas Reserve Driver Pietro Fittipaldi Updates Twitter Bio Amid Mazepin Controversy

Published 12/21/2020, 2:33 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Haas’ Pietro Fittipaldi during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The drivers’ lineup for the 2021 season for all teams has been all but decided now. However, there may still be a few developments at Haas F1 before action resumes in March 2021.

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Haas had originally declared their pairing for the new season, with Mick Schumacher partnering with Nikita Mazepin. But following a controversial incident involving the latter, it might force the American outfit to rethink their line-up.

And adding intrigue to what may come ahead, the team’s reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi has now updated his bio on Twitter. Needless to say, this could be a possible hint from the young Brazilian driver.

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Haas could consider replacing Nikita Mazepin with Pietro Fittipaldi

Haas has contracted Fittipaldi, but merely as a reserve driver. He might now have a genuine shot at an F1 seat at the team, partnering with ‘Schumacher junior’ next year.

His Twitter bio now reads ‘Haas F1 driver’. Is it a sign then that an announcement regarding the second seat at the team may be forthcoming sooner than later?

The young Brazilian driver, who comes from a family with a rich racing lineage, was excellent with his performances with Haas.

Showing no signs of hesitation or discomfort, he relished driving an F1 car, having spent much of his career so far driving in the junior levels of racing.

Team boss Guenther Steiner praises Fittipaldi

On Fittipaldi, Steiner had earlier stated, “He did a good job. I mean he kept out of trouble. His pace going on in the race was getting better and better, I think he just needed to get it customised.”

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Haas’ Pietro Fittipaldi during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Fittipaldi first tested the Haas F1 car in Sakhir, a week after Grosjean’s Bahrain GP accident. In the Sakhir GP, he looked comfortable and kept a competitive race pace despite staying at the back of the field.

The race in Abu Dhabi also went well for him, and he proved he has what it takes to be in the sport.

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However, only Haas can now decide whether he would be the right fit for them ahead of the new season in 2021.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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