Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci is will drive for the Formula 1 team at the open test July 12-13 at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix.
The 18-year-old from Woodbury, Conn. is currently competing in the GP3 Series for DAMS.
“Becoming a Formula 1 driver is my ultimate goal and I can’t thank the Haas F1 team enough for this opportunity,” said Ferrucci, who began his career in karting, touring the United States and Europe at age 5. “Nothing beats seat time, and the experience of driving a Formula 1 car and working with the team will be invaluable.”
F1 rules state that two days of each in-season test must be allocated to young-driver training, which is classified as someone who has competed in two or fewer grands prix. Haas F1 drivers Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez participated in the first open test May 17-18 at Barcelona, making them ineligible for the Silverstone test.
“We brought Santino on because he’s done a very good job of proving himself in each of the racing series he’s competed in,” said Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 team principal. “We see Santino as a young American driver with a lot of potential who has earned this opportunity.”
After scoring multiple karting championships, Ferrucci graduated to open-wheel racing in 2013, competing in Formula 2000 and the Skip Barber Racing Series. He won his Skip Barber Racing Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway and collected five victories, two poles and three fastest-lap awards upon the conclusion of the season. In Formula 2000, Ferrucci never finished outside of the top-four in the six races he started, with each field featuring 37 or more cars.
The 2014 season saw Ferrucci in British Formula 3. He won two races, both at Brands Hatch, becoming the youngest race winner in the history of British Formula 3 at 16 years, two months and 30 days.
Ferrucci continued to climb the open-wheel ladder in 2015, competing in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Ferrucci finished third in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand point standings on the strength of a win and five podiums. It was his first full season competing in an open-wheel championship, and the success led Ferrucci to the GP3 Series with DAMS.
Haas F1 Team debuted in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. It has scored 28 points so far this season, the most of any first-year team in this millennium.