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Haas retains Santino Ferrucci as development driver

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American Santino Ferrucci will continue in his role as a Haas development driver this season.

The 19-year-old from Woodbury, Connecticut is racing for Trident in Formula 2 this year with the aim of making the step up to F1 in the future. He joined Haas as a development driver in 2016 and has completed two two-day tests with the team since then, logging more than 1,180 miles at the wheel of an F1 car.

"We're pleased to have Santino back with Haas F1 Team and we look forward to his continuing development in F2," Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said. "Santino is a young, American driver with plenty of potential and we're very supportive of his desire to make it to Formula One."

Ferrucci added: "I said it when I first became a part of Haas F1 Team -- my goal since I began racing is to become a Formula One driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a tremendous amount of pride in.

"My time with Haas F1 Team has really prepared me for my first full F2 season with Trident, and between the two teams I feel like I'm in the best position to succeed and, ultimately, get to Formula One."

Ferrucci switched from GP3 to F2 midway through last year and scored four points in 10 races, including two on his debut in Hungary. He is currently the only American competing in F2.