Santino Ferrucci joins Haas team as development driver
By Matthew Morlidge
Last Updated: 14/03/16 10:43am
Haas have signed 17-year-old American Santino Ferrucci as their development driver.
The team say the Connecticut racer will "embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity, attending races and tests throughout the year while also participating in the team's simulator program".
Alongside his Haas programme, Ferrucci will race in F1 support series GP3 with leading team DAMS.
"In Formula 1, developing your personnel is as important as developing your racecar. You can't have one without the other," said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.
"Santino Ferrucci has done a very good job of proving himself in each of the racing series he's competed in, and his maturity outside of the race car is impressive. We see Santino as a young, American driver with a lot of potential. His opportunity with DAMS is an excellent way for him to further his development while positioning Haas F1 Team for future success."
Ferrucci finished third in New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series last year and contested a full campaign in FIA European F3, finishing 11th in the standings.
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"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," he said.
"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 Formula 1."