Pietro Fittipaldi admits that he is frustrated about not getting a Haas seat, but will work to achieve his goal.

After Nikita Mazepin’s contract with Haas was terminated, Fittipaldi was one of the favorites for the vacant seat and got the opportunity to drive the VF-22 car at the pre-season testing in Bahrain. However, it was announced on Wednesday that Kevin Magnussen would get the race seat. Fittipaldi reflected on the past days.

“I had to fight through a lot of adversity in my career already and this is just something else. The only thing I can do now is work even harder,” he said.

“For sure on Monday I was like ‘s**t, man, we almost had a shot’ and I know what we could have done. It would have been huge with Brazil and everything. It would have been amazing. The Miami GP, I was born in Miami, and like a lot of [other] things, and I thought it was really going to come together.

“But it’s fine. It’s not a problem. The next day you wake up, got to work harder and another opportunity will come. I know the story doesn’t end here, whatever it may be.”

At the same time, Fittipaldi assured that he would work hard like he did before.

“I told Guenther [Steiner, the team principal] I’m just as committed as I was before,” he said, “and every time he puts me in the car, I’m going to be as prepared as I can be and whatever I can improve, I’m going to be improving.

“And when the opportunity comes, maybe in the future, good, because I have more time to be even more prepared. So that’s the way I have to see it.”

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