Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci has been handed a four race ban after he was judged to have deliberately driven into his team-mate, as well as several other breaches of regulations.
The American driver, currently 18th in the FIA Formula Two Championship, was involved in an on-track confrontation with his Trident team-mate – and fellow Haas development driver – Arjun Maini during the Sprint Race at Silverstone on Sunday morning.
The pair had been battling all weekend, with Ferrucci being handed a five-second time penalty in Saturday’s Feature Race for forcing Maini off the road.
The pair were racing closely once again in the Sprint Race, with Ferrucci forcing Maini off the road at turn four.
On the cool-down lap following the Sprint Race, Ferrucci ran into the back of Maini’s car, hitting the front-left corner of his car against the right-rear of Maini’s car, damaging both vehicles.
Having reviewed the incident, the stewards found that “Ferrucci deliberately drove into the rear of his teammate – breaching the Sporting Regulations”.
Ferrucci was summoned to a hearing but declined to attend, and the American has been handed a four-race ban and a fine of €60,000.
He was also found to have been driving between the support paddock and the race grid with one glove off and using a mobile phone, which is not allowed under the regulations. For these incidents, he has been handed a further €6,000 fine.
Following the decision to ban Ferrucci, Trident took to social media to show their support to Maini.
Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to @ArjunMaini_ and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behavior that he was forced to endure not only during this last weekend by Santino Ferrucci and father, who accompanied him. https://t.co/Z78SjIjXXH
— Trident Team (@trident_team) July 8, 2018
Ferrucci will sit out of the Feature and Sprint races at the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps.