Santino Ferrucci is to remain with the Haas F1 Team in their development programme, despite being banned in FIA Formula 2 and his contract with Trident terminated as a result.
The American driver was given a two-round ban for intentionally hitting his then Trident team-mate Arjun Maini at Silverstone and missing the stewards briefing over the incident and a further incident where he drove from the support paddock to the pit lane with a mobile phone in the car. Trident terminated his contract as a result, citing the team-mate issues as well as cases relating to unpaid bills.
Ferrucci has links with Haas as their development and test driver since 2016, but question marks were raised when his ban occurred whether the American team would keep him on, despite having Maini on their roster, who is part of the same Haas programme as the American.
Haas said that a decision would be made during the summer break whether to keep Ferrucci on, who recently signed a deal to race in IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing for the final two races.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner told Crash.net that the decision has been made and that they’ll keep the American on in their programme for the time being.
“I think we’ll keep him for the time being on the programme. We’ll see what he’s going to do in IndyCar and stay with that one,” Steiner said.
“The guy is trying to make a career, and we don’t want to pull the rug from under his feet.”