Italian Courts have ordered Santino Ferrucci to pay Trident Motorsport €502,000 plus interest and legal fees, following his breach of contract and failing to provide payments to the team during his tenure.
The American driver, part of the Haas F1 Team as their development driver, was part of the Italian team during the 2018 season in the FIA Formula 2 championship, before he was given a two round ban by the stewards for multiple penalties and breaches within the technical and sporting regulation.
At Silverstone, Ferrucci deliberately crashed into team-mate and fellow Haas development driver Arjun Maini during the cool down lap of the sprint race, after the pair engaged in contact during the race. But the American driver failed to attend the stewards briefing relating to the incident, and was found to have driving from the F2 support paddock to the main pit lane with one glove and a mobile phone in his cockpit. The F2 series banned the driver for two rounds at the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps as well as fines for his actions.
Trident followed up from their own investigation and terminated Ferrucci’s contract, replacing him with Alessio Lorandi for the rest of the season. Trident proceeded to take the action to court over unpaid bills from Ferrucci and his father during his period with the team, despite having the funding to take part in an IndyCar race at Detroit.
Today, Trident released a statement regarding the legal case with Ferrucci, with the Italian courts imitating an order where Ferrucci has to pay €502,000 Euros to Trident for all the damages with the team going ahead with the legal action.
The statement read:“Trident Motorsport informs to have obtained by the Court of Milan an order of payment for an amount of Euro 502.000, plus interest and legal fees, against Mr. Santino Ferrucci and its guarantor, an American company represented by Mr. Michael Ferrucci, in relation to the driver’s failure to pay the amounts due under the contract.
“Trident Motorsport confirms its intention to proceed with any legal action in order to obtain compensation for all damages suffered, well above the amount so far retained, as interim measure, by the Court.”
Ferrucci since his departure from F2 has returned behind the wheel of an IndyCar, racing at the final two rounds with Dale Coyne Racing. The Connecticut born driver remains part of the Haas team as their development driver since the incident.