Belgian Grand Prix – Banned Formula Two driver Santino Ferrucci is to keep his place in the Haas driver development programme.
The 20-year-old American driver was banned for two Formula Two weekends (four races) after being judged to have intentionally driven into Trident team-mate Arjun Maini.
He was subsequently dropped by Trident and replaced by Alessio Lorandi, whilst Ferrucci later apologised for his ‘mental lapse’.
Since then, he has been confirmed as a driver for Dale Coyne Racing in the final two rounds of this season’s IndyCar Series.
Despite the ban, and being dropped from Trident, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner confirmed ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix that Ferrucci would remain on the Haas driver programme.
“I think we keep him for the time being on the programme. We will see what he is going to do in IndyCar and stay with that one.
“The guy is trying to make a career and in the end we don’t want to pull the rug under his feet.”