Ferrucci Makes Points in First F2 Race
After weeks of stand-in drivers, Trident finally announced someone for the remaining Formula 2 rounds of 2017 before the Hungarian contest.
Raffaele Marciello and Callum Ilott deputized in Austria and Britain after Sergio Canamasas’s switch to Rapax, but Connecticut’s Santino Ferrucci stepped up from GP3 for the first of five events.
The move has already paid off for the Italian team as he finished 10th on his F2 race debut – moving up to ninth in the final results for two points after others were penalized.
Ferrucci qualified 11th and was promoted to 10th on the grid after a penalty for top qualifier Charles Leclerc before his first racing laps. His lap time was only 0.408 seconds behind polesitter Oliver Rowland and 1.109s faster than teammate Nabil Jeffri.
Despite losing three places at the start, and missing the chicane a couple of times when battling for position, he had a steady drive to avoid drama.
It is a great result for him considering he claimed three points in six events for DAMS in GP3 in 2017 and Trident only had three points from 10 in this series before this weekend.
“The 10th place [on track] is a well-deserved reward,” team manager Giacomo Ricci said. “The American racer quickly found great chemistry with Trident and I was really impressed by his speed, potential, and smart race management on a challenging track that caught out many series regulars. His results provide us with confidence and motivation looking forward to the next rounds of the series.”
His weekend ended with the sprint event, where he finished 14th after starting from pit lane due to a problem on the formation lap. He was ahead of Jeffri in all sessions and jumped to 18th in the drivers’ championship, passing eight rivals.
Ferrucci continues his driving development during the week for Haas in F1 tests at the same circuit.
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