Ferrucci banned from competing in the next two rounds

 

Santino Ferrucci, Silverstone 2018
Trident will now enjoy two quieter weekends

Santino Ferrucci has been suspended from the Hungarian and Belgian F2 rounds.

The American driver was under investigation during the British weekend. First, in the feature race, he was handed a time penalty for running his team mate Arjun Maini off track.

He was then witnessed driving from the support series paddock to the main pit lane holding a phone in his hand without wearing his glove, a double infraction of both the Techincal and Sporting Regulations. He was handed a 6,000 € fine.

In the sprint race, matters got worse between the Trident pair as he pushed Maini off-track again at turn 4, a move deemed to have been done on purpose by the stewards. As Ferrucci did not attend the hearing with the stewards, he was disqualified from the results.

After the chequered flag, as the cars returned to the pits, Ferrucci ran into Maini’s rear on purpose, damaging his own front wing in the process. The team confirmed the move was premeditated and banned Ferrucci from the next two events, and handed him a 60,000 € fine.

Maini said on the radio: “There’s something wrong with my team mate’s brain, he needs banned”.

Replying to a tweet by Sky Sports with a replay of the accident, Ferrucci shifted the blame of the accident on Maini, citing the fact that Maini “cry’s on the radio” in reference to Maini’s outburst at Paul Ricard.

UPDATE: Trident have issued the following statement:

“Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to Arjun Maini and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behaviour that he was forced to endure not only during this last weekend by Santino Ferrucci and father, who accompanied him. 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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