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Deletraz: Haas see the potential in me

Louis Deletraz believes his post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Haas test could lead to bigger things in Formula 1 with a race seat the ultimate goal.

Haas announced earlier this month that the Swiss Formula 2 driver will drive a VF18 on the second day of the post-season test.

The test will see all ten teams take to the Yas Marina circuit over two days, running the new-for-2019 Pirelli tyres.

“[Team owner] Gene Haas, [team principal] Guenther Steiner are sports people and they have a good mentality,” Deletraz told Autosport.

“I think they like the challenge and they see potential in me, they are happy to test me and to see the result and where we can go after that.

“I think Haas has a really good car, they are one of the first teams outside of the top three, so it’s something [a deal] we’ve worked on for a while.

“The key thing here is I have 42 superlicense points so I am available for it.

“To validate that you have to do an F1 test.”

But while Deletraz, the son of former F1 driver Jean-Denis, acknowledges that next year may come too early for an F1 drive, he is hoping for one in the future.

“I hope that’s the next step [F1], next year might be too early, all the seats are taken, but F1 is still the goal. The first step is with testing.

“The main focus will be for me to learn the processes of F1 and the car and to be as quick as possible, so that when I am in the car I will be able to be quick and give proper feedback.

“It’s a 2019 tyre test so it’s not only about me but about the team.

“Of course I want to show my potential and speed, but it’s also about working with the whole team, teams are much bigger in F1 and its about data for them as well.

“They trust me to get in the car and do a good job, and I will learn as much as I can on the day and do my best to help them move forward.”

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