American F2 driver banned for collision, mobile phone in car

One of the offenses committed by Santino Ferrucci was that of driving the car while holding a mobile phone. (Reuters pic)

SILVERSTONE: American Formula Two driver Santino Ferrucci was fined and banned for four races on Sunday for crashing into his Indian teammate, driving the car with a mobile phone in his hand, and refusing to attend stewards’ hearings.

Stewards fined the 20-year-old, who is a development driver for the US-owned Haas Formula One team, 66,000 euros (RM313,300) and disqualified him from Sunday’s race at Silverstone.

He was banned from the next two rounds in Hungary and Belgium, for a total of four races.

Formula Two is an official feeder series for Formula One, with races run after Saturday qualifying and before Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Race organizers said Ferrucci had deliberately driven into the rear of Trident teammate Arjun Maini’s car on the cooldown lap. He also forced Maini off the road during the race.

The Formula Two website said the American had also been seen in the car, while it was going from the support paddock to pitlane, “wearing just one glove and holding a phone in his hand”.

It said that “violated both the technical and sporting regulations for incorrect driver safety equipment and the prohibition of wireless transmission devices within the car.”

Trident apologized on Twitter for their driver’s “unsportsmanlike, and above all, uncivilised behaviour”.

“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers,” they added. “Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred.”