Santino Ferrucci will make the move for the GP3 Series into the FIA Formula 2 Championship for the remainder of 2017 after joining the Italian Trident team.
The American, part of the Haas F1 Team’s development driver programme, will line-up alongside Nabil Jeffri starting this weekend at the Hungaroring, ending his GP3 campaign with DAMS in the process.
He comes in as the permanent replacement for Sergio Canamasas, who stepped away from the Formula 2 team after the Azerbaijan round to move to Rapax, with Raffaele Marciello and Callum Ilott having made one-off appearances in Austria and Great Britain.
Ferrucci scored points in the opening two races of 2017 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but failed to register points finishes at either the Red Bull Ring or Silverstone, but despite this, Trident team manager Giacomo Ricci is delighted to welcome the nineteen-year-old to the team.
“We are really proud to announce the agreement reached between Team Trident and American racer Santino Ferrucci for the final five rounds of the FIA Formula 2 season,” said Ricci.
“The 19-year-old from Connecticut already had the chance to test one of our GP3 Series cars in last November’s collective postseason test at Abu Dhabi. Back then, he impressed the team’s staff, bringing home great results and keeping his name among the top-5 at all times.
“He is now set to make his Formula 2 debut at Budapest, on the same track where he led the way in collective GP3 Series testing. I am sure that Santino has all the skills needed to adapt to a Formula 2 car very quickly.
“Also, thanks to his Formula 1 experience, he will not having problems in managing more power and carbon fibre brakes.”