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Haas F1’s Ferrucci banned after deliberately hitting teammate Maini

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Haas F1 junior driver Santino Ferrucci handed a four-race ban from F2 championship, following he deliberately crashing into his team-mate Arjun Maini after the sprint race at Silverstone on Sunday.

The American already received a time penalty for his collision with Maini in the Saturday’s feature race for delaying him when the Indian tried a move around the outside. He was handed a five-second penalty for the incident.

Related to that, Ferrucci was seen to be driving with a glove off amid the F2 and F1 paddock at Silverstone on Sunday, which is not allowed.

In that hand he was seen to be holding a phone, and for these two offences he has been fined €6000.

The full statement from F2 reads:

“Firstly, following his contact with Arjun Maini on the cooldown lap of the race, it was determined that Ferrucci deliberately drove into the rear of his teammate – breaching the Sporting Regulations. After the stewards had heard testimony from the team that this was a premeditated incident, Ferrucci was summoned to the hearing but declined to attend.

“As a consequence, the American driver has been suspended from the next two FIA Formula 2 Championship rounds – meaning he will not be permitted to participate in both Budapest and Spa-Francorchamps – and has also been given a fine of €60,000.

“In another incident with his teammate, Ferrucci was found to have deliberately forced Maini off of the road at Turn 4 after the Indian driver proceeded to make a pass for position. Once again, Ferrucci declined to attend the hearing, and has been disqualified from the results of the Sprint Race.

“Having also been observed transitioning from the support paddock to the race pitlane wearing just one glove and holding a phone in his hand by a Technical Delegate, Ferrucci also violated both the Technical and Sporting Regulations for incorrect driver safety equipment and the prohibition of wireless transmission devices within the car. For these transgressions, he has earned a further €6000 in fines.”

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