Haas Racing F1 Team has signed Santino Ferrucci, a seventeen-year-old American GP3 driver, as its development driver. In addition to attending tests with Haas F1 Team, Ferrucci will also participate in Haas’ simulator program and GP3 series this year.
Ferrucci is preparing for his GP3 campaign with DAMS after graduating from the European Formula Championship last year.
The Haas F1 Racing Team is currently focusing on driver personnel and believes that the new hire will be a strong addition to the racing team as it prepares for its upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix debut in March.
Born in Connecticut, Ferrucci started his career in kart racing and start open wheel racing in 2013. In 2014, Ferrucci started competing for Formula 2003, where he won two races. Success in Formula 3 helped propel his career into his development and racing driver seat with his F1 Racing Team.
In 2014, Ferrucci became the youngest race winner in British Formula 3, at only sixteen. Last year, the young driver competed in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, where he finished third. Regardless of his age, American driver doesn’t lack in competitive experience.
Ferrucci’s racing career continues to surge in 2016 with DAMS in the GP3 Series. Currently, the up-and-comer is campaigning for the full GP3 Series schedule in 2016 for DAMS.
Ferrucci is the first American driver to be hired by the Haas F1 Racing Team. He hopes that his current role the team will lead to some seat time in the F1, which is currently lacking in American drivers.
Ferrucci said in a statement: "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 tremendous amount of pride in.”
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