The FIA has cracked down on Trident driver Santino Ferrucci and banned the American from contesting the next four Formula 2 Championship races in Hungary and Belgium.
The Haas F1 Team junior driver sensationally crashed into his teammate Arjun Maini after Sunday’s Sprint Race at Silverstone had concluded, which the team confirmed was a premeditated act in a subsequent hearing with the FIA Stewards.
Ferrucci, who declined to attend the Stewards’ hearing, was disqualified from the Sprint Race, handed a €60,000 fine and banned from the next four races for being “in breach of multiple regulations throughout the race”.
The post-race collision between Ferrucci and Maini was preceded by an earlier incident in the Sprint Race where Ferrucci was found to have forced Maini off the circuit at Turn 4. Apparently still unhappy with the Indian driver, Ferrucci then drove into the right rear of his car after the race, damaging his own car’s front wing.
The pair had also had a run-in during Saturday’s Feature Race, where Ferrucci was given a time penalty for forcing Maini off track as well.
On top of this, he was handed a further €6,000 fine for between the F2 and F1 paddock before the Sprint Race without wearing his racing gloves and while holding his mobile phone.
The Trident team issued an unusual and stinging public rebuke of Ferrucci on social media, which will no doubt serve as a prelude to the team and driver parting ways.
“Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to [Arjun Maini] and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behavior that he was forced to endure not only during this last weekend by Santino Ferrucci and [his] father, who accompanied him,” it wrote on Twitter.
“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers. Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred. We apologize for the show that we have regretfully offered.”
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