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F1 British GP: Haas picks development driver Ferrucci for Silverstone test

Santino Ferrucci will drive for Haas in both days of the in-season F1 test at Silverstone next week after the British Grand Prix
Santino Ferrucci will drive for Haas in both days of the in-season F1 test at Silverstone next week after the British Grand Prix.

The Haas development driver, who currently competes with DAMS in the GP3 Series, will be behind the wheel of the VF-16 on both the 12th and 13th July at the Silverstone test after Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez drove in the Spanish test in May.

F1 testing rules state two days of each in-season test schedule must be completed by a young driver – a driver who has competed in two Grand Prix or fewer – meaning Ferrucci will be required for the full Silverstone test.

“Becoming a Formula One driver is my ultimate goal and I can't thank Haas F1 Team enough for this opportunity,” Ferrucci said. “Nothing beats seat time, and the experience of driving a Formula One car and working with Haas F1 Team will be invaluable.”

With Haas confirming it is beginning to shift its focus on to its 2017 car, Ferrucci is expected to help the American team aim to find the full potential of its existing car as well as giving the 18-year-old valuable F1 experience.

“We brought Santino on with Haas F1 Team because he's done a very good job of proving himself in each of the racing series he's competed in,” Guenther Steiner, Haas team principal, said. “We see Santino as a young, American driver with a lot of potential who has earned this opportunity.”



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