Robert Shwartzman, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and a two-time winner in the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship with the support of SMP Racing, will take the wheel of the Uralkali Haas F1 Team VF-21 at the end-of-season Formula 1 Young Driver Test at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
Like current Haas driver Mick Schumacher, Robert Shwartzman is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and is competing in Formula 2 this season. The 22-year-old Russian racing driver was teammates with Mick Schumacher in his title-winning season in 2020, with the pair winning the teams’ title for Prema. With just two races until the end of the season, Robert Shwartzman is third in the Formula 2 drivers’ standings, 43 points behind Oscar Piastri – who was recently announced as Alpine’s reserve driver for the next F1 championship..
“First of all I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this great opportunity.” – Robert Shwartzman said, as reported by the official website of Haas – “This will be my first test with Haas F1 Team and I’m really looking forward to getting to know a new team, environment and also to learn as much as possible from them. Having the chance to drive for another F1 team is just incredible and I can’t wait to work with everyone.”
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Uralkali Haas F1 Team commented; “We’re looking forward to testing with Robert at Yas Marina in December. He’s obviously highly rated by Ferrari – having been part of their driver program since the end of 2017. His ability is clearly in evidence when you look at his performances over the last few seasons – most notably his rookie campaign in Formula 2 last year – competing against the likes of our own two drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. We are pleased to be able to give Robert an outing in a Formula 1 car and we look forward to working with him in Abu Dhabi.” – he said.
Robert Shwartzman has previously tested for Scuderia Ferrari, testing its 2018 car at the Maranello team’s private track Fiorano on several occasions. He also took part in the Abu Dhabi test for the Italian side at the end of last season.