Santino Ferrucci says he is in no rush to reach Formula 1, preferring to learn by working his way up the motorsport ladder than make the move up too quickly.
18-year-old Ferrucci of Woodbury, CT, became the first American since 1977 to drive an American-run F1 car when he tested for Haas at Silverstone earlier this week.
Ferrucci enjoyed a successful two-day test, exceeding the team’s expectations and giving it some useful data as it continues to develop the VF-16 car.
Ferrucci currently races in GP3 with DAMS, and is happy to bide his time in junior championships before making the jump up to F1.
“Going quickly to Formula 1 is obviously out of the picture,” Ferrucci told reporters at Silverstone, via GPUpdate.net.
“I have a lot of learning to do, especially in GP3, seeing how the season goes from here onwards, and we’ll make a decision [on 2017] after Spa or Monza.
“Hopefully we’ll step up to GP2, but if not another season in GP3 never hurts.”
Ferrucci currently sits 14th in the GP3 standings after six races, recording a best finish of fourth at Silverstone last Sunday.
The pressure on young drivers to make the jump up to F1 has increased following the arrival of Max Verstappen, who in 2015 made his F1 debut at the age of 17 after just one year in single-seaters.
Verstappen has since become the youngest race winner in grand prix history, but is widely regarded as being an exception to the rule as opposed to a new trend for all young drivers to follow.
Ferrucci is the leading American driver on the European junior motorsport ladder at the moment, and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alexander Rossi, who made his F1 debut last season with Manor.