Santino Ferrucci: “We made a lot of forward progress”


Santino Ferrucci - Haas F1 Team - Hungary Test Day 2. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Santino Ferrucci completed 116 laps for the Haas F1 Team on day two of the in-season test in Hungary, with a fastest lap time of 1:20.994, putting him twelfth fastest.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship driver got behind the wheel of the VF17 for his second day of running, and enjoyed a morning program of ongoing set up work, completed on the soft tyre.

Ferrucci was happy to be back in the car for further day of track time.

“The morning was good. It was nice to wake up and get straight back into the car. We had a couple of really good runs on the Pirelli softs with good balance in the car.”

In the afternoon, the American switched onto the super-soft tyre, and continued on with the days plan of two seven lap runs, and a five lap stint, before switching back to the soft tyres.

Ferrucci felt the day went well, with plenty of new information learned for both himself and the team.

“In the afternoon, we switched to super-softs. We were just doing more development for future race weekends.

“We made a lot of forward progress, especially with the car and how the tyres start off. I’m really happy with the team and I think we did a really good job.”

Across the two-day session, the American completed 218 useful laps for Haas and he will now return to the F2 championship with Trident, having moved up to the series from GP3, ahead of the last round in Hungary, and will compete with the squad for the remaining five rounds of the season.

The 19-year-old finished ninth in his first ever race, picking up a point on debut.