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Haas F1 Team

Deletraz breaks silence on race for Haas seat

The former Haas reserve driver has been mentioned amongst a list of potential Nikita Mazepin replacements at Haas F1 this season.

Louis Deletraz has confirmed that he does still hold the necessary FIA Super Licence points to make him eligible to race for Haas during the 2022 season but says he is not in talks to replace Nikita Mazepin at the American-led team.

The former Haas reserve driver has already signed a contract for the 2022 season, during which he is set to race in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Deletraz, 24, will compete for Tower Motorsport in the LMP2 class, with the next round of this season's championship taking place later this month with the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The Swiss driver, who split from Haas in 2020, has now all but ruled himself out of a return to the team for 2022, taking to social media to make his position clear.

Deletraz happy with his 2022 plans

Speaking to his followers on Twitter on Monday morning, Deletraz said: "Hey everyone, I'm getting a lot of messages lately about that Haas seat.

"Yes, I still have a [Super Licence] but I am not in any talks with Haas. I already signed my 2022 contracts and [am] very happy with it.

"All the best to the team and Pietro [Fittipaldi, Haas reserve driver] in this difficult situation."

What next for Haas?

Fittipaldi, for now, remains the most likely candidate to land the Haas seat, having spent last season as their test and reserve driver.

The Brazilian-American driver also filled in for Romain Grosjean back in 2020, following his horror crash in Bahrain.

However, Gene Haas has made clear that the team are eyeing more experienced candidates ahead of the new season.

Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi are both without full-time F1 drives for 2022, leaving them as potential options for the team.

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