Santino Ferrucci has been announced as Haas F1’s development driver for the coming season. Ferrucci, currently just 17 years old, is also the first American driver to sign for the US outfit.
Santino Ferrucci will be supplementing his Haas duties – which will see him attend all F1 races on the calendar, as well as participating in the team’s extensive simulator program – by driving in the GP3 Series, making his début with DAMS.
The American spent the last two years driving in European Formula 3, whilst last year he finished 3rd in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand with one victory to his name.
“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 told Autosport.
“There is still a lot of work I need to do, but being paired with Haas 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.”
Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner has boasted great faith in the young driver, believing he has strong potential after showing an impressive racing CV thus far.
“In Formula One, developing your personnel is as important as developing your race car. You can’t have one without the other,” Steiner said.
“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 lots of potential.”