Trident Motorsport has terminated Santino Ferrucci’s contract with the team and has announced it will take legal action over missed payments for his seat.
Ferrucci was banned for two Formula 2 rounds — a total of four races — as a result of deliberately hitting teammate Arjun Maini after the end of the sprint race at Silverstone. Following that decision, Trident published a robust set of tweets defending Maini and criticizing the conduct of both Ferrucci and his father.
Following Trident’s comments it emerged that Ferrucci’s camp had attempted to run President Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan on his car for the Silverstone round, a request that was dismissed by the FIA as it doesn’t allow political statements on cars.
Although the Haas development driver took to social media to apologize for his actions and explain why he missed the hearing into his incidents at Silverstone, Trident has now confirmed it has ended Ferrucci’s contract. It has also revealed it is taking legal action after not receiving agreed payments from the American despite his ability to race for Dale Coyne Racing in place of the injured Pietro Fittipaldi at Detroit’s Belle Isle in June.
“Trident Motorsport informs to have communicated to Santino Ferrucci and to its guarantor, a company represented by Mr. Michael Ferrucci, the termination of the contract with the team,” a Trident statement read. “This decision was motivated by the events — which are now of public domain — occurred at Silverstone, as well as by the serious breach of Driver’s payment obligations.
“Since the beginning of the championship, the driver justified its payments’ default with alleged failure by his sponsors to fulfill their obligations. It seems weird that, despite such kind of issues, Santino Ferrucci had the resources needed to enter the Detroit Indy race from June 1-3 while, at the same time, he was not honoring his agreement with Trident Motorsport.
“Trident gave mandate to its lawyers in order to activate all the procedures needed to fully recover its credits towards the driver.”
Haas has so far refused to comment on Ferrucci’s F2 controversy, with the team yet to announce who will test for the team after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Haas F1 Team remains committed to gathering all of the facts and having in-person conversations with all the individuals involved in the situation,” a Haas spokesperson told RACER. “We are being diligent, but our priority is the last two races before the summer shutdown. While we want a better understanding of everything that took place, we aren’t in a hurry because the German and Hungarian Grands Prix are, quite frankly, more important.”