Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci has apologised for his “poor judgement” during the Formula Two races at Silverstone.
After footage emerged of Ferrucci crashing into Trident team-mate Arjun Maini after the chequered flag, he was handed a four-race ban and fined €60,000, meaning he will not compete in the Feature or Sprint races at the Hungaroring or Spa-Francorchamps.
He was also given a further €6,000 fine for breaching other regulations during the event.
In a statement released on Twitter, Ferrucci said:
“I want to send my sincerest apologies for my actions on Sunday at the FIA F2 race at Silverstone Circuit.
“I used extremely poor judgement at the conclusion of the race getting for too close to my team mate Arjun and swerved away only to graze his tyre, very fortunately causing no damage or issue to his car.
“There was no intent, premeditation or any type of retaliation by my actions, only anger and frustration as this has been a horrific year.”
“I have no excuse other than the fact I am a 20-year-old Italian American with a deep passion for motorsport, which is a very emotional sport. While there has been much provocation leading to my mental lapse, it is still not an excuse and I will make sure that this does not happen again.”
Ferrucci apologised to his sponsors, Trident, Haas F1, the FIA, his family, friends and fans before offering an explanation about why he missed the hearing.
He said that he was randomly selected for a drugs test before having to catch an early flight for “sensitive family medical issue”.
Over the course of this week, Ferrucci has removed any association to Haas F1 and Trident from his Twitter bio, but no comment has been issued from either party on the matter.
Statement in full:
— Santino Ferrucci (@SantinoFerrucci) July 9, 2018