Haas keeps banned Santino Ferrucci on its F1 junior programme

The Haas Formula 1 team says it will retain banned Formula 2 racer Santino Ferrucci as part of its driver development programme despite his recent troubles

Haas keeps banned Santino Ferrucci on its F1 junior programme

Ferrucci was heavily sanctioned by the FIA, and later dropped by his Trident team, for a series of incidents over the Silverstone weekend in July that included a deliberate collision with his team-mate Arjun Maini on the Sunday race's slowing-down lap.

Haas said in the wake of what happened it would be considering Ferrucci's position at the team, but has now decided that it will keep him on board for now.

Since losing his F2 seat, Ferrucci has agreed a deal to race with Dale Coyne Racing at the Portland and Sonoma IndyCar rounds.

Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Haas team principal Gunther Steiner said: "I think we keep him for the time being on the programme.

"We will see what he is going to do in IndyCar and stay with that one.

"The guy is trying to make a career and in the end we don't want to pull the rug under his feet."

Haas has not yet confirmed either of its F1 drivers for 2019.

Although Kevin Magnussen is almost certain to stay, the future of Romain Grosjean is not guaranteed after his tough start to the season.

Steiner said he was hopeful a decision would be made soon.

"We are making progress and are just going through the motions," said Steiner.

"We did a lot over the break but we haven't come to the complete conclusion.

"Nevertheless we are in a good place and I cannot say anything yet as we are working on a few bits and bobs.

"We are in a good place and happy with the progress we are made. It is not far off."


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