Haas junior driver Santino Ferrucci has been banned for four races after colliding with his teammate during the Formula 2 sprint race at Silverstone
Trident teammates Ferrucci and Arjun Maini (who’s also a Haas development driver) were rarely separated during this weekend’s F2 races at Silverstone. In the feature race, Ferrucci was penalised for running Maini off the track, but it was in the sprint race where things got really wild.
During the race, Ferrucci again forced Maini off the road at Turn 4. Then, on the cooldown lap, he drove into the back of his teammate in a move which looked rather deliberate.
Ferrucci was summoned to the stewards as a result. He decided not to attend either hearing and ended up being heavily punished for his on-track conduct.
For the Turn 4 incident he was disqualified from the race, but for hitting Maini after the race (effectively using his car as a weapon) the American driver has been banned from the next two rounds at the Hungaroring and Spa (therefore missing four races) and has been handed a €60,000 fine.
After the race Maini said on team radio: “There’s something wrong with my teammate’s brain, he needs to be banned” - well, his wish has been granted.
On top of that, Ferrucci added to his woes when he was spotted driving from the F2 paddock (over at the old Silverstone pits) to the main pit lane wearing only one glove and using a phone, leading to an extra €6000 in fines.
The Trident team issued a statement on Twitter with regard to the whole situation:
It looks a lot like Ferrucci will be out of the team at least for more than just the next two rounds…