Haas F1 Team has signed 17-year-old Santino Ferrucci as its development driver. The youngster, who comes from Woodbury, Connecticut, will attend the races and tests throughout the season and will be part of the team’s simulator programme. He will also be racing in GP3 with DAMS.
Ferrucci began his career in karting, enjoying much success and in 2013 he moved into single-seater racing in Formula 2000 and the Skip Barber Racing Series. He won on his Skip Barber debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway and scored another four victories, while finishing in the top four in all six Formula 2000 races in which he competed. In 2014 this led to a drive in British Formula 3, and he became the youngest ever winner in the history of the series, with two wins at Brands Hatch. He then raced to the third in the winter Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and went on to race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
“My goal since I first started racing was to become a Formula 1 driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a tremendous amount of pride in,” Ferrucci says. “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. It’ll allow me to make the most of my GP3 drive with DAMS and, ultimately, prepare me for F1.”