As Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen's time with Haas F1 nears its end, the team has announced a multi-year deal with F2 driver, Nikita Mazepin from 2021 onwards.
The Russian 21-year-old currently sits in third in the FIA Formula 2 standings, with 162 points, driving for Hitech Grand Prix.
The team has yet to announce who will fill the second Haas seat next season, with many speculating that Mick Schumacher will make his highly-anticipated step up to Formula One.
Schumacher is currently leading the F2 championship, with the final round taking place in Bahrain this weekend.
Speaking about his graduation to the F1 grid for the 2021 season, Nikita Mazepin said:
"Becoming a Formula 1 driver is a lifelong dream come true for me.
"I really appreciate the trust being put in me by Gene Haas, Guenther Steiner, and the whole of the team.
"They're giving a young driver an opportunity and I thank them for that.
"I'm looking forward to starting our relationship together, both on and off the track, and I'm naturally keen to continue to demonstrate my abilities after a strong Formula 2 season."
Team Principal, Gunther Steiner added: "Im delighted that Nikita Mazepin will be driving for Haas F1 Team next season.
"I'm excited to see what Nikita can achieve in Formula 1 and we look forward to giving him the opportunity to compete at the highest level of world motorsport."
I am happy to announce that i will be racing in Formula 1 with @HaasF1Team ! I would like to thank the team for their trust and everyone involved along the way in my career. #TeamNM pic.twitter.com/GUEPhYAnu2
— Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin) December 1, 2020
"It is time I announce that I have been told I will not be racing F1 in 2021.
"Obviously I have known this for a couple of weeks now.
"I am disappointed, but I will just work harder and do what it takes to make sure it happens in 2022.
"Anyway, I have a championship I want to win."
It is time i announce that I have been told I will not be racing F1 in 2021. Obviously I have known this for a couple weeks now. I am disappointed, but I will just work harder and do what it takes to make sure it happens in 2022. Anyway, I have a championship I want to win pic.twitter.com/hOzplyi1Bj
— Callum Ilott (@callum_ilott) November 30, 2020