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Ferrucci to continue as Haas F1 development driver

  • Published on 09 May 2017 09:51
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

American Santino Ferrucci will continue as a Haas F1 Team development driver in 2017 while simultaneously competing in his second fulltime season in the GP3 Series for DAMS.

Ferrucci first joined Haas F1 Team last year and participated in a two-day test with the American organization July 12-13 at Silverstone Circuit in England. By piloting the Haas VF-16, Ferrucci became the first American driver to wheel an American Formula One car since Oct. 9, 1977 when Danny Ongais drove a Penske PC4 in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario.

The 18-year-old  Ferrucci, a native of Woodbury, Connecticut, is embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity, attending races and tests throughout the year while also participating in the team’s simulator program.

Ferrucci is back with DAMS for his sophomore year in GP3, with the series running in conjunction with Formula One in seven of its eight events, with the only non-companion race weekend being the penultimate round Oct. 6-8 at Circuito de Jerez in Spain.

DAMS is an accomplished racing team that has helped graduate numerous drivers to the FIA Formula One World Championship, including Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Grosjean earned three championships with DAMS – the 2010 Auto GP title, the 2011 GP2 Asia Series crown and the 2011 GP2 Series championship. Magnussen won the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with DAMS.

“We’re very happy to have Santino back with us and look forward to his continuing development in GP3,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “We liked what we saw of him last year in our test at Silverstone and his maturity inside and outside of the car is impressive. Santino is a young, American driver with plenty of potential who is learning a lot with DAMS and us.”

Haas F1 Team made its debut in 2016, becoming the first American Formula One team in 30 years. Now in its second season, Haas F1 Team is looking to build upon its impressive debut, where it finished eighth in the constructors standings with 29 points.

“I said it last year when I became a part of Haas F1 Team – my goal since I first started racing is to become a Formula One driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a tremendous amount of pride in,” Ferrucci said. “I learned a lot last year in GP3 with DAMS and with Haas F1 Team. The combination of the two allowed me to learn more and at a faster rate. I feel so much more prepared this year. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

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