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 three 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.”