Gene Haas has confirmed that a Brazilian, Pietro Fittipaldi, who is also expected to be a candidate for the vacant seat left after the departure of Nikita Mazepin, will test with Mick Schumacher in Bahrain this week.
“We are examining several candidates and we will see who will be available, but the racer will be selected by Wednesday,” Haas said of the selection of the team’s second racer. "Pietro will be testing because that's why he's on our team, and we may be looking for someone with more experience as a racer."
Haas insists the team is still financially well-supported, even though it has cut ties with big sponsor Uralkali. “We have received a lot of criticism over the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Gene explained. “It was too much for us and our other sponsors and we had to take action. The financial situation is solid. Of course, we would have preferred to have more money, but even then we don't lack anything, we only got a bigger minus. "
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