Haas F1 Team signs American Santino Ferrucci as development driver

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Haas F1 Team will have an American driver on its roster after all for 2016, in the form of newly signed development driver Santino Ferrucci.

The 17-year-old, from Woodbury, Connecticut, will be embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity, attending races and tests throughout the year while also participating in the team’s simulator program.

Meanwhile he’ll also have a racing program as well, full-time in the GP3 Series with DAMS.

“In Formula One, developing your personnel is as important as developing your racecar. You can’t have one without the other,” Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team said in a release.

“Santino Ferrucci has done a very good job of proving himself in each of the racing series he’s competed in, and his maturity outside of the racecar is impressive. We see Santino as a young, American driver with a lot of potential. His opportunity with DAMS is an excellent way for him to further his development while positioning Haas F1 Team for future success.”

Added Ferrucci, “My goal since I first started racing was 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. There is still a lot of work I need to do, but being paired with Haas F1 Team will allow me to learn more and at a faster rate. It’ll allow me to make the most of my GP3 drive with DAMS and, ultimately, prepare me for Formula One.”

Ferrucci has been a karting star but since advanced into formula car racing the last few years.

Last year 2015, Ferrucci ccompeted in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Ferrucci ended third in the championship with a win and five podium finishes.