Formula 1 Updates: Santino Ferrucci, 17, Signed By Haas As New Development Driver

Formula 1 Updates: Santino Ferrucci, 17, Signed By Haas As New Development Driver
Santino Ferrucci, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport Michael Reiss / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

The new Haas F1 team has signed a new development driver in the form of American Santino Ferrucci. The young man already has an impressive reputation of winning races and he’s only 17.


The debuting Haas F1 team recently announced that they had picked Ferrucci to become their development driver. This means the young driver from Woodbury, Connecticut will be busy participating in the team’s simulator program, attending tests and showing up to races throughout the upcoming Formula 1 season.

Haas is the first American F1 team to join the tracks in 30 years. Team principal Guenther Steiner said that Ferrucci is a “young, American driver with a lot of potential.” Not to mention that the 17-year-old has a lot of experience, too.

Ferrucci had entered the world of racing when he was only five years old. At that time, karting competitions took him throughout circuits in the U.S. and Europe. Six years later, he had already won multiple championships. In 2013, Ferrucci moved up to the world of open-wheel racing and competed in both Formula 2000 and the Skip Barber Racing Series. In the latter, he won during his debut race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also went on to collect five victories, two poles and three fastest lap awards. As for Formula 2000, Ferrucci also kept an impressive form, always part of the top four in the six races he competed with against at least 37 more cars.

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In 2014, Ferrucci went on to the British Formula 3 and won two races. He became the youngest race winner in history of the sport when he scored victories at age 16. The following year, he went on to compete in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand, where he finished third.

This year, Ferrucci will be serving as a Formula 1 development driver while campaigning for the full GP3 Series schedule for DAMS, a team known to graduate drivers to the FIA Formula One World Championship. Among the DAMS hall of famers is Haas’ current driver Romain Grosjean. During a recent interview with The National Sport, the Frenchman had said that moving to Haas from Lotus gives him “the best chance to be world champion one day.”

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