American F2 driver banned for collision, mobile phone in car

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

When reached for comment about Ferrucci's future within the organization, Haas F1 told The Drive that it "is still in the process of gathering all of the pertinent information regarding Santino Ferrucci and his actions during the Formula 2 event this past weekend at Silverstone".

Haas F1 Team junior driver Santino Ferrucci has been suspended from racing in Formula 2 for the next two race weekends and could be out of a drive completely after a series of weird incidents at the British Grand Prix.

His team, Trident, issued a statement condemning Ferrucci's behaviour as "unsportsmanlike" and "uncivilised".

On Monday, a letter circulated online that showed the FIA rejected a request from Trident to place Trump's 2016 election slogan on the side of Ferrucci's auto.

The FIA declined as it is against the regulations to run cars with slogans or logos that are "political in nature". Against their insistence, I requested a written opinion from the FIA that once received, I forwarded to the Ferrucci family. A video later emerged, and Ferrucci took to social media to retaliate.

Furthermore, Trident is consulting its lawyers to better handle the situation. And while F2 bigwigs made a decision to slap Ferrucci for his behavior, he did the most damage to himself by brushing off his antics rather than manning up and owning them.

The American was also disqualified from the results of the Sprint race, in which he finished fourteenth, after being deemed to have deliberately forced Maini off the road at turn four. He was fined more than €66,000 ($77,500). Ferrucci has released a statement apologising for the clashes with Maini.

Allied to that, Ferrucci was seen to be driving with a glove off between the F2 and F1 paddocks on Sunday, which is not allowed.

"There was no intent, premeditation or any type of retaliation by my actions, only anger and frustration as this has been a horrific year". I have no excuse other than the fact that I am a twenty year old Italian American with a deep passion for motorsport, which is a very emotional sport.

"While there has been much provocation leading to my mental lapse, it is still not an excuse".

"I've seen the incident once on the TV when they showed the race", Haas boss Guenther Steiner said when asked about the actions of the team's development driver who has been involved in in-season testing with Haas in 2016 and 2017.

"I also want to apologise to the FIA Stewards for not being able to attend the hearing".

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