The Haas F1 team has retained American teenager Santino Ferrucci as a development driver for the 2017 season alongside his commitments of a second year in the GP3 Series.

The 18-year-old, who initially joined Haas in the same role 12 months ago and enjoyed a two-day test at Silverstone last July, impressed the US squad which has seen it re-sign the youngster to act as understudy to Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

Ferrucci will be aiming for the GP3 Series title with DAMS this season alongside his commitments for Haas and is relishing the opportunity to continue his progress under the stewardship of the F1 team.

"I said it last year when I became a part of Haas F1 Team - my goal since I first started racing is to become a Formula One driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a tremendous amount of pride in," Ferrucci said. "I learned a lot last year in GP3 with DAMS and with Haas F1 Team.

"The combination of the two allowed me to learn more and at a faster rate. I feel so much more prepared this year. I'm really looking forward to getting started."

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is thrilled to welcome back Ferrucci and has faith in the youngster's talents ahead of his 2017 campaign.

"We're very happy to have Santino back with us and look forward to his continuing development in GP3," Steiner said. "We liked what we saw of him last year in our test at Silverstone and his maturity inside and outside of the car is impressive.

"Santino is a young, American driver with plenty of potential who is learning a lot with DAMS and us."

 

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