Ferrucci Joins Haas As Development Driver
American Santino Ferrucci will join Haas F1 Team as their development driver.
He is the second American driver to be involved in the sport this season after Alexander Rossi joins Manor as a reserve driver. His role as development driver is one designation below that of reserve driver in the Formula One hierarchy.
The 17-year-old begins his GP3 career this season with DAMS in a nine-race calendar. This is the same team with which Haas F1’s race driver Romain Grosjean won his 2011 GP2 title.
Ferrucci has showed off some of his talent last year by finishing third in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, winning once and getting five other podiums.
As the GP3 Series supports Formula One races, he should have at least nine opportunities this season to see how the team works at a race track. Ferrucci will also be expected to work at test sessions and on the team’s simulator.
As an American hailing from Woodbury, CT, the driver was proud to join the team.
“My goal since I first started racing was to become a Formula One driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a lot of pride in,” said Ferrucci.
“There is still a lot of work I need to do, but being paired with Haas F1 Team will allow me to learn more and at a faster rate.”
However, the signing still leaves a space for a reserve driver at the team. In an interview with Sports Business Daily, team owner Gene Haas believed he didn’t need to hire a reserve for the team.
“We don’t have a reserve driver at the moment. If we can find a common reserve driver with Ferrari or someone, that would probably be the best way to do that,” said Haas.
Ferrucci begins his GP3 campaign at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on the weekend of May 13-15.
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