Haas junior Ferrucci scores maiden GP3 podium at Spa

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Haas Formula 1 junior driver Santino Ferrucci picked up his maiden podium finish in GP3 on Sunday at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Ferrucci, 18, joined Haas earlier this year in a development role before enjoying his first F1 test at Silverstone in July.

The native of Woodbury, CT, moved into GP3 for 2016 with DAMS after spending a season-and-a-half in FIA F3, scoring his first points at Silverstone.

Ferrucci arrived in Spa coming off the back of points in both races in Germany before the summer break, and followed it up with a charge to seventh in the feature race on Saturday.

Ferrucci started Sunday’s sprint race from second place on the grid, and despite falling behind Jack Aitken and Antonio Fuoco, managed to keep his cool amid a number of safety car periods to finish third, marking his first podium finish in GP3.

Ferrucci is currently the only American racing in F1’s primary feeder series ladder (GP2 and GP3), and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly, both of whom raced in the series before moving into IndyCar.