Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci has issued an apology for a bizarre sequence of events after Sunday’s FIA Formula 2 Championship race at Silverstone that led to a four-race (two-round) series ban and potential termination by his Trident team.
Ferrucci made contact with teammate Arjun Maini during the race, but the 20-year-old Connecticut native ran into the rear of Maini’s car on the cool-down lap – which F2 officials later ruled to be deliberate. Compounding matters, Ferrucci did not attend a post-race hearing to which he was summoned — and he was seen transitioning from the support paddock to pit lane wearing just one glove and holding a phone, a violation of “both the Technical and Sporting Regulations for incorrect driver safety equipment and the prohibition of wireless transmission devices within the car.” He was fined more than €66,000 ($77,500).
Ferrucci’s statement cited “extremely poor judgment.”
“I want to send my sincerest apologies for my actions on Sunday at the FIA F2 race at Silverstone Circuit,” he said. “I used extremely poor judgment at the conclusion of the race getting far too close to my teammate Arjun and swerved away only to graze his tire, 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 that I am a twenty 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.
“I realize I have embarrassed many people and I apologize to my sponsors, Trident, my fellow drivers, Haas F1, FIA, FIA F2, my fans, friends and family.
He went on to address his absence from the post-race hearing:
“I also want to apologize to the FIA Stewards for not being able to attend the hearing. I was randomly selected for a drug test, as were others, and this delayed my return to the paddock by over an hour.
“At that point I very quickly packed and had to leave for the airport to catch an early afternoon flight back to the US to attend to an extremely urgent time sensitive family medical issue. I was notified of the Stewards meeting as I was leaving and did send an email to my team manager to forward to the Stewards explaining that I had no options but to leave.”
Ferrucci’s Trident team issued a statement Sunday supporting 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.
“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers. Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred. We apologize for the show that we have regretfully offered.”
Ferrucci finished 22nd and 20th in his IndyCar debut at the June Dual in Detroit for Dale Coyne Racing, replacing the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.