Ferrucci set to continue as Haas development driver in 2017

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American youngster Santino Ferrucci is set to continue as Haas’ Formula 1 development driver through the 2017 season, according to team chief Guenther Steiner.

Ferrucci, 18, joined up with Haas for the 2016 season, as well as racing in the GP3 Series where he finished the season 12th in the standings with one podium to his name.

The native of Woodbury, CT, is poised to continue with Haas for next season, as confirmed by team principal Steiner when speaking to Autosport.

“He will stay as the development driver,” Steiner said.

“It’s a long-term project, we don’t exactly what we’re going to do next year with him because as you know testing is still up in the air.

“We know the tests we are doing but we still need to decide when we use the rookie days and who we put in it.

“We also need to decide if we are going to do some FP1s with him or not. Over the winter, we’re going to sit down with him and see what we’re doing.”

Haas also worked with Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc through its debut F1 season, with the Monegasque driver taking part in a number of practice sessions for the team.

Leclerc will move up to GP2 with Prema Racing next year, having won the GP3 title in 2016, and could be set to continue with Haas given Ferrari’s technical partnership with the American team.