Ferrucci: I send my sincerest apologies for my actions

Disgraced Haas reserve Santino Ferrucci apologised for taunting and driving into Trident teammate Arjun Maini claiming that anger and frustration got the better of his emotions on the ‘cooling down’ lap after the Formula 2 Sprint race at Silverstone.

The American driver made contact and forced Maini off track after the race, on a weekend in which he was slapped with €66,000 in fines for his shenanigans, including driving his car in the support paddock wearing one glove and clutching a mobile phone!

In the wake of his dark weekend, Ferrucci admitted that he erred in his ways, “I want to send my sincerest apologies for my actions on Sunday at the FIA F2 race at Silverstone Circuit.”

“I used extremely poor judgement at the conclusion of the race getting far too close to my teammate Arjun Maini 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 I am a 20-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,” added Ferrucci.

The Haas F1 team have yet to comment with regards to their young driver’s behaviour at Silverstone.

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Reckless Haas junior gets four-race ban for hitting teammate!

Hours before tempers flared between F1’s front-runners, things got out of hand in the junior ranks when Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci lost his cool in F2 and earned himself a four-race ban.

In Sunday morning’s sprint race, Ferrucci forced at one point his Trident team mate Arjun Maini off the road. But for some odd reason, the young American driver failed to rest his case after the chequered flag and deliberately hit the right-rear of Maini’s car on the cool-down lap!

Ferrucci’s reckless attitude and maneuver, the details of which were all caught on camera, did not impress the Silverstone stewards who duly processed the case and handed the Haas junior a four-race ban for deliberately crashing into his team mate.

But wait, there’s more!

Ferrucci was also fined 66,000 euros for refusing to attend the stewards’ hearings and for driving the car with a mobile phone in his hand!

Apparently, the American was seen driving from the support paddock to the pitlane “wearing just one glove and holding a phone in his hand”, a state of affairs that “violated both the technical and sporting regulations for incorrect driver safety equipment and the prohibition of wireless transmission devices within the car.”

Obviously, Ferrucci also had his name deleted from Sunday’s F2 race results.

His Trident team took to Twitter to apologize for its driver’s “unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behaviour”.

“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,” added the message.

Suffice to say, Ferrucci’s F1 development role with Haas will also likely hit the skids…

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F2 Silverstone: Ferrucci banned for ramming teammate

CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Santino Ferrucci (USA, Trident) during the Paul Ricard at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 21, 2018 in Circuit Paul Ricard, France. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images)

Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci was fined and banned for four races on Sunday for crashing into his Trident teammate Arjun Maini, driving the car with a mobile phone in his hand and refusing to attend stewards’ hearings.

Stewards fined the 20-year-old American, who is a development driver for the U.S.-owned Haas Formula 1 team, 66,000 euros (£58,216.05) and disqualified him from Sunday’s race at Silverstone.

He was banned from the next two rounds in Hungary and Belgium, four races in all.

Formula 2 is an acknowledged feeder series for Formula 1, with races run after Saturday qualifying and before Sunday’s grand prix.

Race organisers said Ferrucci had deliberately driven into the rear of Maini’s car on the cooldown lap. He also forced Maini off the road during the race.

Maini said over the radio “there is something wrong with my team-mates brain.”

Ferrucci then replied to Maini on tweet: “The one crying on the radio. I just did my drugs test so I’m all clear ;)”.

The stewards at Silverstone heard testimony from the Trident team that Ferrucci driving into Maini was premeditated.

Trident responded on Twitter stating: “Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to @ArjunMaini_ and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behaviour 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.”

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