F1: Santino Ferrucci to Test for Haas at Silverstone Following British Grand Prix

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American Santino Ferrucci will make his Formula One testing debut for Haas F1 Team at the Silverstone Circuit next week, following the British Grand Prix. (Haas F1 photo)

American Santino Ferrucci will make his Formula One testing debut for Haas F1 Team at the Silverstone Circuit next week, following the British Grand Prix. (Haas F1 photo)

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Haas F1 Team has tabbed its development driver, American Santino Ferrucci, to pilot its VF-16 race car during the Formula One test July 12-13 at Silverstone Circuit following the British Grand Prix.

Ferrucci is an 18-year-old from Woodbury, Conn., currently competing in the GP3 Series for DAMS — an accomplished team that has helped graduate numerous drivers to the FIA Formula One World Championship, including Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean.

“Becoming a Formula One driver is my ultimate goal and I can’t thank Haas F1 Team enough for this opportunity,” said Ferrucci, who began his career in karting, touring the United States and Europe at age 5. “Nothing beats seat time, and the experience of driving a Formula One car and working with Haas F1 Team will be invaluable.”

Formula One rules state that two days of each in-season test must be allocated to young-driver training, which is classified as someone who has competed in two or fewer grands prix. Haas F1 Team drivers Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez participated in the first open test May 17-18 at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, making them ineligible for the Silverstone test.

“We brought Santino on with Haas F1 Team because he’s done a very good job of proving himself in each of the racing series he’s competed in,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “We see Santino as a young, American driver with a lot of potential who has earned this opportunity.”

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