2015 FIA F3 Rookie Champion Charles Leclerc to make F1 practice debut with Haas F1 Team

Last year’s FIA Formula 3 European Rookie Champion Charles Leclerc will drive the Haas F1 car on Friday, July 8th during the first practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit.

Leclerc, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy will make four further appearances in F1 free practice sessions later this season. He will also take over Haas F1 Team’s car n° 21 in Hungary, Germany, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.

“Charles Leclerc is highly regarded by Ferrari and his record speaks for itself,” said Günther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas F1 Team. “We are happy to provide this opportunity and help develop the next generation of Formula One drivers. Credit also goes to Esteban for sharing his race car and serving as a mentor to Charles.”

Leclerc added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get seat time in a Formula One car and I can’t thank Haas and Esteban enough. I am honoured by the faith Haas and Ferrari have in me. This is an important step toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Formula One driver.”

In 2015, Charles Leclerc competed in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing, earning two poles, four race wins and 13 podiums in eleven race meetings with a total of 33 races. With this he finished fourth in the drivers’ championship and managed to claim the prestigious title of rookie champion in his first Formula 3 season.